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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Hillsborough, Derry, Paris, Mecca

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  • La Presse looks at the challenges facing changing Lachine-Est, here.
  • The small New Brunswick town of Hillsborough may lose its only grocery store. Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities looks at the vexed question of how, or if, the Northern Ireland city of Derry should celebrate its political murals.
  • Guardian Cities notes that Paris will soon host a substantial rooftop farm.
  • Tom van Laer and Elif Izberk-Bilgin at The Conversation explain why reviews of facilities in holy cities, like Mecca, tend to be so inflated.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: politics, real estate, transit, rainbow tunnel

  • John Lorinc at Spacing looks at how the idea of municipal autonomy for Toronto should not be seen as a final solution.
  • blogTO notes the contracting number of neighbourhoods open for first-time buyers, here.
  • Airbnb, blogTO notes, is definitely impacting the wider real estate network.
  • King Street’s transit operations should be taken as a model for wider Toronto. Spacing has it.
  • The story of the rainbow tunnel visible on the northbound DVP is a sad one worth knowing. Global News has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Eight Toronto links: neighbourhoods, housing, mass transit, Great Lakes

  • I do agree with the argument of Emma Teitel in the Toronto Star that, between the east and the west of Toronto, the west is the more snobbish. (West-ender, here.)
  • blogTO notes that home prices in Toronto are ridiculously out of the reach of average millennials.
  • Is multi-generational housing the solution to the housing shortage in Toronto? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto Life profiles</u. the photos taken by Jesse Colin Jackson of the now-demolished Regent Park building of 14 Blevins Place.
  • The story of the terrible, expensive architectural problems with the TTC’s Pioneer Village station is appalling. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Steve Munro notes how the TTC is decidedly unhappy with the failings of Presto.
  • Christian Mittelstaedt writes at NOW Toronto about how the flooding of the Toronto Islands this year can be traced, in part, to problems with how Canada and the United States jointly manage the Great Lakes.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Artscape, PoP Shoppe, Funhouse,

  • Tanya Mok at blogTO looks at Artscape Weston Common.
  • Jamie Bradburn looks at the heyday of the PoP Shoppe, a late 1970s chain specializing in different kids of soda drinks.
  • Toronto Life reports on the Funhouse experience created inside an old Buddhist temple off Queen Street West.
  • blogTO notes that, at least so far as absolute numbers are concerned, Toronto is the fastest-growing city in the United States and Canada.
  • Toronto Life reports on a home in the Annex that was sold a decade and a half ago at three hundred thousand and just now went for 1.5 million.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Port Lands, Ontario Place, churches, mass transit, Scarborough

  • Guardian Cities takes a look from afar at the controversy over Google in the Port Lands of Toronto.
  • CityLab looks at the debate over the future of Ontario Place in the Doug Ford era.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto looks at how six churches in downtown Toronto have survived the condo boom.
  • The City of Toronto has blamed the Ontario government for the delayed transition to Presto. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Matt Gurney writes at TVO about how Toronto, having coasted by on surplus capacity, is now facing a transit crisis.
  • Osobe Waberi writes at The Discourse about the transit desert that dominates much of Scarborough.
  • A fourth subway stop has been proposed for the already expensive Scarborough subway extension. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Montréal links: 1989 and AIDS, Grand Prix, Molson Brewery, Village gay, Beaudry

  • Le Devoir looks back 30 years at the 1989 Montréal international conference on AIDS, and its lessons about patient activism.
  • CultMTL takes particular issue with the decadence of the Montréal Grand Prix, something that it thinks the city and the world should overcome.
  • CTV notes that the old site of the Molson Brewery is set to become a new residential neighbourhood.
  • Rue Sainte-Catherine est, heart of the gay village, is closed to all but pedestrian traffic this summer. CTV reports.
  • <li<The Beaudry Metro station, happily, has been reopened after months of repairs. CBC Montreal reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: buses, 592 Sherbourne, Parkdale, planning, Doug Ford

  • Transit Toronto reports on the first electric bus in the TTC, now running the 35 Jane route.
  • Toronto Life takes a look at the history of 592 Sherbourne Street, now the restaurant Maison Selby.
  • NOW Toronto interviews people in Parkdale protesting against the cuts of Doug Ford.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing looks at the many problems with the Doug Ford alteration of city and provincial planning.
  • blogTO observes that this year’s iteration of Ford Fest is going, inevitably, to be very political.