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[PHOTO] Red tulips and candle, The Greater Good

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Written by Randy McDonald

February 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Rex at Anthro{dendum} considers Ursula K Le Guin from as an anthropologist by background and interests, and as a denizen of a “Redwood Zone” of western North America with a particular climate.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the exceptional technical progress being made towards the next generation of space telescope technology.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of collaborations between Grace Jones and Keith Haring in 1984 and 1986, when Haring painted the star’s body.
  • Gizmodo at io9 shares stunningly detailed photographs of the giant Pi1 Gruis, some 530 light-years away.
  • Hornet Stories shares a letter from the mother of a girl ten years old who describes how this theatre fan was positively affected by the Manhattan production of Kinky Boots.
  • Language Hat shares a Quora answer talking about the way Azerbaijani sounds to speakers of the related Turkish. Much discussion ensues.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares the disturbing report that moderate conservative Victor Cha has been rejected as a candidate for US ambassador to South Korea because he warns against war with the North.
  • The Map Room Blog shares disturbing maps showing the extent to which the water reservoirs of Cape Town have been depleted.
  • Non-binary writer Robin Dembroff argues at the NYR Daily that state recognition of non-binary gender identity, while well-meaning, is ultimately less good than the withdrawal of gender identity as a category of state concern.
  • The Planetary Science Blog wonders if space travel and space science, of the sort favoured by Society president Bill Nye, could become a bipartisan issue uniting Americans.
  • Seriously Science notes that at least some species of birds prefer to date before they pair-bond and have children.
  • Towleroad reports that The Gangway, oldest surviving gay bar in San Francisco, has shut down to make way for a new laundromat/movie theatre.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little considers the factors that lead the people in charge of industries facing decline to ignore this. Could the education sector be one of these, too, depending on future change?

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Crooked Timber links to John Quiggin’s article in the Guardian about how formerly public companies should be renationalized.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Lockheed has just signed a $US 150 million dollar contract to deliver a 60 kilowatt laser weapon to the US navy by 2020.
  • Hornet Stories ranks the different performances at last night’s Grammies, giving Kesha top placing.
  • JSTOR Daily looks back to contemporary coverage of the 1918 flu epidemic. How did people react, how did they cope?
  • Language Hat looks at a multilingual comic by Japan-born artist Ru Kawahata, Stuck in the Middle.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests that, rather than hoping for Trump to perform to minimal expectations in the upcoming State of the Union address, it might be more profitable (and enjoyable?) to wait for the inevitable meltdown. What will it be?
  • Marginal Revolution notes a proposal in Rotterdam for police to arrest people wearing expensive clothes and jewellery and, if they cannot explain where they got them, confiscate them. Of course this policy could not be misused.
  • Towleroad notes that drag queens have quit Burkhart’s, a prominent gay bar in Atlanta, in response to that bar’s owner’s racist and alt-right statements on Facebook.
  • Paul Cassell at the Volokh Conspiracy argues Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was entirely correct in allowing all the victims of Nassar to speak at sentencing.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that radical Islamists are increasingly using Russian to communicate, not the traditional languages of Russia’s Muslim populations. Linguistic assimilation does not equal cultural assimilation.