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[URBAN NOTE] Ten Toronto links

  • blogTO reports that Presto machines on TTC vehicles are regularly falling out of service because they need to be emptied of coins, here.
  • CBC reports that Ontario Place might well accumulate a spa under Ford government auspices, here.
  • NOW Toronto argues that new Ford changes to social housing, including zero-tolerance on fighting, will worsen the plight of residents.
  • ACORN is leading a protest in Weston by tenants against allegedly neglectful landlords. CBC reports.
  • Residents of a Roncesvalles apartment block are contesting their landlord’s reclassification of their complex as a tourist-oriented property. The Toronto Star reports.
  • What will become of the Ontario Science Centre, 50 years old? The Toronto Star reports.
  • That average monthly rents for a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto are now hitting $C 2500 is terrifying. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Users of the Scarborough RT may find themselves riding buses instead of the RT (or a subway) for a good long while. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto is doing its best to preserve its biodiversity, particularly in its ravines. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Transit Toronto notes that, in exchange for Toronto accepting the Ontario Line, Ontario will not try to upload the TTC.

[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] Seven Toronto links: Lake Ontario, fly, Ontario Place, Port Lands, parks

  • Measured at Toronto, Lake Ontario has reached its highest point in recorded history. blogTO reports.
  • Beach season has to be put off in Toronto until mid-June at least, on account of the record high water. blogTO reports.
  • Legendary queer nightclub fly–or fly 2.0–is shutting down this Pride. blogTO reports.
  • The provincial government call for development proposals for Ontario Place, happily, makes no mention of casinos. The National Post reports.
  • This BBC article takes a convenient outsider’s look at the controversy over the Google involvement in the Port Lands development project.
  • Tanya Mok at blogTO introduces readers to the very unusual June Callwood Park, designed around a voiceprint of the late journalist and activist.
  • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto looks at the impromptu party being Daniel Rotsztain to celebrate The Pillars at Queens Quay at York this evening. (I think I’ll be there.)

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Daily Bread, Beaches, Easter, Ontario Place, van attack

  • CBC Toronto reports from the Daily Bread Food Bank drive, held this past weekend, here.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the decline of small business in the Beaches, and the efforts of community leaders to reverse this decline.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the Beaches Easter Parade, held Sunday. Perhaps next year?
  • Listing Ontario Place on Toronto’s heritage register, giving this site protection, is a fine idea. CBC Toronto reports.
  • Christopher Hume at the Toronto Star notes how, one year after the North York van attack, coming up with policies which protect the public while keeping the city open is difficult.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: TTC and mass transit

  • Urban Toronto notes the remarkable new plan proposed by Ontario for Toronto subways, including a line running from Ontario Place on the water up through to the Ontario Science Centre on Eglinton.
  • blogTO shares some of the criticism the new Ontario plans for the subway have gotten.
  • Steve Munro reacts to the new Ontario plan for Toronto subways, here.
  • blogTO notes the new proposed names for stations on the Finch LRT line.
  • The Discourse notes a community meeting in Scarborough where locals express concern for the fate of the Eglinton East LRT.
  • The conversion of the TTC entirely from tokens towards Presto has been delayed, blogTO notes.
  • The modernization of signals on existing subway lines has been delayed and is becoming much more expensive, the Toronto Star notes.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Scarborough, TTC, aerial walkways, co-ownership, Ontario Place

  • Saying that costs for the Scarborough subway extension would be contained within an order of magnitude was telling. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto shares the warning of former mayor David Miller that the plans to upload the TTC will cost everyone involved dearly.
  • Chris Bateman at blogTO reports on some of the aerial walkways of Toronto.
  • The Toronto Star reports on six people in west-end Toronto who are dealing with high real estate prices by sharing a mortgage on a single home.
  • blogTO notes a proposal for Ontario Place that would include a large waterpark.
  • The first part of this Transit Toronto history of the TTC, looking back 65 years, is compelling, as is the second part.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: poverty, real estate, architecture, neighbourhoods

  • After a fire last night, the homeless encampments underneath the Gardiner Expressway have been cleared. Global News reports.
  • blogTO reports on a terribly depressing unit offered for rent in East York at $C 1250.
  • blogTO notes that a new pedestrian sky bridge is scheduled to be built in Exhibition Place.
  • Urban Toronto notes that the steel skeleton has been put in place for the new extension to Robarts Library.
  • blogTO reports on moves to place Ontario Place under heritage protection, sparing it redevelopment.
  • George Popper writes at Spacing against new city development protocols for Toronto neighbourhoods.
  • The state of 650 Parliament Street, now slated to be reopened in August of this year, is appalling. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: winter, Ontario Place, architecture, TTC, film, tax

  • The Daily Hive Toronto notes that Toronto is definitely seeing more snow than normal this winter.
  • Urban Toronto notes that different levels of government are seeking public input into what to do with Ontario Place.
  • Richard Longley writes at NOW Toronto about the history and heritage of the now-demolish Davisville Public School.
  • This Canadian Architect article is an interview with architect Karim Khalifa, involved with Sidewalk Labs.
  • CBC reports on the many factors leading to unchecked fare evasion on the TTC.
  • Ryan Porter writes for the Canadian Press about how the booming Toronto film and television industry is facing a lack of studio space.
  • Edward Keenan writes at the Toronto Star about how increased property taxes are a perfectly workable solution to the revenue problems of Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, London, maps, Eglinton and Dufferin, Ontario Place

  • The Toronto Star reports on the framework agreement for uploading the TTC to Ontario, noting the three different scenarios imagined.
  • Tricia Wood at Spacing warns that the uploading of the TTC might well end badly, as shown by the similar takeover of London mass transit by the British government under Margaret Thatcher.
  • blogTO shares an example of the new maps on TTC subways, these usefully showing the streetcar network alongside the subway routes.
  • Urban Toronto profiles a proposal for an eight-storey rental unit proposed for Eglinton and Dufferin, taking advantage of location come the Eglinton Crosstown.
  • The suggestion of John Michael McGrath that Ontario Place is in need of radical transformation, perhaps more than we might like, does merit some consideration.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Metrolinx map, carding, Ontario Place, HIVE, density

  • Metrolinx shares a glorious map depicting traffic and trends at the different stops on its many routes.
  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford may yet enable carding-like practices by police.
  • The criticism by an Ontario government minister of the state of Ontario Place is worrisome. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares a photo of the construction at the vast Hive site downtown.
  • George Popper at Spacing Toronto looks at three neighbourhoods where housing in Toronto can really densify indeed must densify, including the Bloor-Danforth corridor.