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[PHOTO] Eleven photos of Ossington Avenue at night, from Dundas north to Dupont

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I took a walk north along Ossington Avenue to home this night, starting with two drinks at Communist’s Daughter on Dundas just west of Ossington at half past midnight and strolling om up to Dupont. It was a glorious night, just chill enough to catch one’s attention while still being above freezing.

(As an aside, I really think I should do more night walking on general principle. It expends calories and generates steps, true, but more importantly it offers rare perspectives on the city.)

Looking west, Dundas at Ossington #toronto #ossingtonave #dundasstreetwest #intersection #night

Looking north past the old corner store, Ossington at Harrison #toronto #ossingtonave #harrisonstreet #cornerstore #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at College #toronto #ossingtonave #collegestreet #intersection #night

Looking east, alley north of College off Ossington #toronto #ossingtonave #collegestreet #alley #laneway #intersection #night

Looking east, Dewson at Ossington #toronto #ossingtonave #collegestreet #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at Harbord #toronto #ossingtonave #harbordstreet #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at Bloor #toronto #ossingtonave #harbordstreet #bloorcourt #intersection #night

Looking west at Ossington station #toronto #ossingtonave #bloorcourt #ossington #ttc #subway #night

Looking east at St. Mary's #toronto #ossingtonave #seatonvillage #churches #stmaryschurch #ukrainiancatholic #night/center>

Looking north, Ossington at Essex #toronto #ossingtonave #essexstreet #dovercourtvillage #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at Dupont #toronto #ossingtonave #dupontstreet #dovercourtvillage #intersection #night


Written by Randy McDonald

April 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Doug Ford, Labyrinth, SmartTrack, night planning, Toronto Islands

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  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford positions himself as an ally to the black community of Toronto, and how this has hardly been non-problematic, here>.
  • Annex comic store Labyrinth is set to close, alas. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The SmartTrack plan for more commuter rail put forth by the mayor could cost an extra quarter-billion dollars. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that, like other cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin, Toronto needs to do a better job of planning for the night. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Toronto Guardian shares some lovely vintage photos of the Toronto Islands, here.

[PHOTO] Red tulips and candle, The Greater Good

Red tulips and candle #toronto #greatergood #gearyave #davenport #red #tulips #flowers #candles #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six city links: skyscrapers, Queens, Montréal, Vancouver, Gangneung, Amsterdam

  • CNN reports on the rise of slender skyscrapers, in New York City and elsewhere.
  • VICE notes how badly the temporary shutdown of the L line has been hurting the Queens neighbourhood of Astoria.
  • National Observer wonders what Montréal can do to be friendlier to seniors. (Being open to consulting broader demographics is a good start.)
  • Global News notes concerns in Vancouver that excessive condo development could block the view of the mountains surrounding that metropolis.
  • CBC reports on the South Korean city of Gangneung, a place that has become the locus of that country’s coffee culture.
  • VICE reports on the effect that licenses allowing nightclubs to operate 24 hours a day has had on nightlife in Amsterdam.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: King Street, Homeless Memorial, Kensington Market, Commerce Court

  • The King Street transit experiment could have been much broader, and much more radical, reports The Globe and Mail.
  • Emily Mathieu reports on Toronto’s Homeless Memorial, remembering the hundreds of people who died on the streets. Dean Lisowick is the latest addition to the sad list. The Toronto Star has it.
  • blogTO has some recommendations for people on interested in spending a night out in Kensington Market.
  • A development proposal means that the Commerce Court observation deck, in the Financial District, might be reopened to regular visitors some time in the foreseeable future. blogTO reports.
  • Edward Keenan has some fun imagining how, in a Toronto winter, some works of world literature might be adapted to reflect the weather. The Toronto Star has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Hodo Kwaja, King Street, HQ2, TDSB school trips, Ontario Place

  • This CBC article highlighting Hodo Kwaja bakery in Koreatown and the delicious walnut cakes it makes is superb.
  • VICE shares the story of a man who went nightclubbing on King Street to gauge the effects of the transit experiment. (His judgement? There’s change, but this change is natural.)
  • Trudeau is going to play up Canadian diversity to Amazon as part of the Toronto bid for HQ2, reports The Globe and Mail.
  • The TDSB has loosened restrictions on school trips to the United States, with some qualifications. (If any one student is blocked at the border, for instance, the entire trip is off.) The Toronto Star examines the issue.
  • The further expansion of parkland at Ontario Place, as announced by the provincial government, is inspiring. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver, Singapore

  • CBC notes the perplexing case of Matt Whitman, a Halifax city councilor who has the astonishingly bad luck to keep accidentally retweeting racists and white nationalists.
  • Global News reports on the redevelopment of land of an Edmonton church into affordable housing for immigrants.
  • Global News reports on some Vancouverites who believe new city housing policies are discriminating against those with second homes in the city.
  • The redevelopment of Vancouver’s Oakridge Mall into a modern new high-density district sounds amazing. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • Apparently it actually is possible to pull off a rave in Singapore. One mastermind reports on how it happened, from VICE.