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[URBAN NOTE] Four links from the GTA, from heightened flood risk to mass transit news to Brampton

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  • Torontoist notes that, between climate change and development, Toronto faces serious flood risks in the future.
  • Ben Spurr notes in the Toronto Star that, come September, Metrolinx will oversee 3% fare increases on GO Transit and the UP Express.
  • I am unsurprised to learn, again from the Toronto Star’s Ben Spurr, that the TTC has won an award recognizing it as the best public transit agency in North America.
  • Fatima Syed notes that Brampton, with its newly hired urban planner, is in search of a new identity.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly photoblogs about her trip to Berlin.
  • Dead Things reports on a recent study that unraveled the evolutionary history of the domestic cat.
  • James Nicoll notes that his niece and nephew will each be performing theatre in Toronto.
  • Language Hat has an interesting link to interviews of coders as if they were translators.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at Chinese video game competitions and Chinese tours to Soviet revolutionary sites.
  • Steve Munro shares photos of the old Kitchener trolleybus.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares the story of the Ramadan drummer of Coney Island.
  • Savage Minds shares an essay arguing that photographed subjects should provide they consent and receive renumeration.
  • Torontoist shares photos of the Trans March.
  • Towleroad notes the cancellation of anti-gay convictions of Nazis.
  • Van Waffle shows the stories of the caterpillars in his backyard.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy hosts an essay talking about the difficulties of translating the Book of Genesis.

[URBAN NOTE] Four links on Toronto transit, from buses and streetcars to Union Station and Niagara

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  • Steve Munro reports on the many problems associated with implementing new express buses, in Toronto and elsewhere.
  • Global News was one of many sources reporting on the high rate of failure of the new Bombardier streetcars.
  • Ben Spurr notes the astounding failure of the City of Toronto to do basic things at Union Station, like collect rent.
  • Transit Toronto notes that GO Transit’s seasonal routes to Niagara have started today and will go until 4 September.

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto’s Dufferin Street named second worst road in province by CAA”

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Oh, my Dufferin Street! From CP24:

The Canadian Automobile Association says Burlington Street East in Hamilton has won the dubious distinction of being voted Ontario’s worst road for 2017.

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Dufferin Street has made nine appearances on the provincial top 10 list since the campaign’s inception more than a decade ago.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 15, 2017 at 7:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about change and construction and architecture and ports in the GTA

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  • Brynn Aguilar in the Toronto Star reports on York Region police’s warning locals against climbing construction cranes.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail that the nice new Albion library, in Rexdale, looks a lot like Kew Gardens’ in Queens.
  • Alex Bozikovic, also in The Globe and Mail, argues Toronto must determine what it wants for Davisville Junior Public School. Will it stay, or go?
  • blogTO notes that laneway housing will soon be made that much easier to provide in the City of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on an ambitious new plan to redevelop a vast commercial space on the southeast of Dundas and Bloor, in north Roncesvalles.
  • John McLeod in NOW Toronto is critical of the latest real estate moves of a relatively unaccountable PortsToronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Four links about Toronto, from local racism to Airbnb to King Street streetcars

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  • Orville Lloyd Douglas is critical of Black Lives Matter on Pride, calling it out for being self-appointed representatives of black Canadians.
  • Alex McKeen writes in the Toronto Star about First Nations groups holding ongoing ceremonies in Queen’s Park.
  • Betsy Powell, also in the Star, notes new restrictions and licensing Toronto is set to impose on Airbnb locally.
  • CBC notes that King Street is slated to become a street where transit, particularly streetcars, will have priority over other traffic.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from gay Yonge and Dundas to transit woes to High Park high-rises

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  • Daily Xtra notes that, in the 1930s, the shops of Yonge and Dundas supported a queer community. The tours described sound interesting.
  • Torontoist’s Tricia Wood arguesthat the proposed high speed rail route in southern Ontario is wasteful spending, reflecting a two-tier transit network.
  • Steve Munro crunches data on the Queen Street route to find that buses have an advantage over streetcars.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr notes that the TTC is planning to noticeably expand its express bus network.
  • NOW Toronto‘s Lisa Ferguson writes about potential NIMBYism in the opposition to new high-rises in High Park.