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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Zellers, Dufferin Mall, Toronto Islands, Japan, Guild Park

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  • Narcity notes the sad news that the last Zellers stores in Canada, including the one in Etobicoke, will be closed by January 2020.
  • Tanya Mok at blogTO looks at the successes of the Dufferin Mall.
  • blogTO looks at the William Meany Maze on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jamie Bradburn writes of the early history of Japanese restaurants in Toronto.
  • Melanie Zettler at Global News writes about the history of the Guild Park and Gardens, in Scarborough.

[PHOTO] Seven photos of the underside of the Spadina Road bridge, and more

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Passing underneath the Spadina Road bridge over the Nordheimer Ravine reveals, on the concrete underpinnings, surfaces dense with graffiti dating back perhaps two years. The ending of the trail to the southeast of this location, in Royston Park, is much more sedate and green in the foreground.

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Written by Randy McDonald

August 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

[URBAN NOTE} Seven Toronto links: CNE, 29 Dufferin, Rogers Road, Ontario Line, Green Line, renters

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  • blogTO reports on some new features at this year’s iteration of the CNE.
  • blogTO notes the terrible overcrowding and other dysfunctions of the 29 Dufferin bus.
  • Sean Marshall reports on the last runs of the Rogers Road streetcar, ancestor of the 161 Rogers Road bus.
  • Happily, weird pronunciations of “Avenue” are no longer heard on TTC buses. Global News reports.
  • Transit Toronto shares the Metrolinx report on the economics of the proposed Ontario Line.
  • blogTO reports on the good news that the Green Line park system, trailing south and east of Earlscourt Park, is going to be built.
  • This Toronto Life photo essay examining five recently evicted renters is quietly horrifying.

[PHOTO] Seventeen photos of the Nordheimer Ravine and St. Clair West

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A couple of Sundays ago, I went exploring with Jim down in the Nordheimer Ravine, just south of St. Clair West station. We came across some sights of interest, not only the emergency exit used to evacuate subway passengers in the 1995 Russell Hill crash but an additional entrance to St. Clair West station, exiting in the forest on the south side of St. Clair Avenue West. The sight of this apparently fully functional exit, opening out not onto tiles but onto grassy forest floor, was magical.

Clouds above #toronto #stclairwest #sky #clouds #summer

Down the stairs #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #stairs #latergram

Underbrush #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Path #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #path #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

"Emergency Service Entry ONLY" (1) #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #stclairwest #forest #grass #publicart #mural

"Emergency Service Entry ONLY" (2) #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #stclairwest #forest #grass #publicart #mural

"Emergency Service Entry ONLY" (1) #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #stclairwest #window #stairs

"Emergency Service Entry ONLY" (4) #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #stclairwest #forest #grass

"Emergency Service Entry ONLY" (5) #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #stclairwest #forest #grass #publicart #mural

"Emergency Service Entry ONLY" (6) #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #stclairwest #forest #grass #publicart #mural

Paths diverge #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #forest #latergram

Guiding light #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #forest #path #lights #latergram

Up through the underbrush #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #forest  #canopy #latergram

Canopy (2) #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #forest  #canopy #latergram

Winding #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #forest #path #latergram

Russell Hill emergency exit #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #forest #ttc #russellhill #latergram

Grate #toronto #casaloma #nordheimerravine #forest #russellhill #grates #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

August 7, 2019 at 10:30 am

[PHOTO] Nine photos from in and around Kew Gardens, The Beaches

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As part of a campaign by the Beach Village BIA to attract pedestrian traffic to The Beaches, outdoor screenings of different movies have been scheduled every Wednesday night in Kew Gardens. I’ve gone to the past two, certainly appreciating the chance to explore.

Green Kew Gardens under blue sky #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #park #green #tree #blue #sky #evening

Back garden, Book City #toronto #beaches #gardens #bookcity #bookstores #evening

Wires overhead #toronto #beaches #queenstreeteast #queenstreet #wires #blue #sky

"In Honor Of Those Who Served" #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #cenotaph #war

Blue sky to the west #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #blue #sky #evening

Waiting for the show #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #evening #gazebo #screen

Gazebo by night #toronto #beaches #kewgardens #gazebo #night #lights

Gazebo and credits #toronto #kewgardens #beaches #gazebo #night #movie

Baseball by night #toronto #kewgardens #beaches #night #lights #baseball

Written by Randy McDonald

August 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Sixteen photos from a stroll west of Lake Ontario from Dufferin Street to Palace Pier

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Walking west one evening last week along the Lake Ontario shoreline, from the Dufferin Loop all the way to the Palace Pier on just the far side of the Humber River, was enjoyable. It was a glorious summer night.

Looking east #toronto #skyline #gardinerexpressway #dufferinstreet #dufferinloop

Looking south #toronto #lakeontario #marilynbellpark #blue #evening

Looking west #toronto #skyline #lakeontario #humberbayshores #marilynbellpark #evening

Chairs, flowers, towers #toronto #marilynbellpark #lakeontario #evening #chairs #flowers #towers #skyline

Geese on the lawn #toronto #marilynbellpark #green #grass #lawn #birds #canadagoose

Poppy #toronto #red #poppy #sculpture #publicart #royalcanadianlegion #royalcanadianlegion344 #lakeshoreblvd

Boats anchored #toronto #lakeontario #beach #boats #evening

Ducks by the beach #toronto #sunnysidebeach #beach #birds #ducks #evening

Gathered by the beach #toronto #sunnysidebeach #beach #lakeontario #humberbayshores #skyline #evening #birds #canadagoose #seagull #swan

High waters #toronto #sunnysidebeach #beach #flooding #lakeontario #tree #blue

Towards Humber Bay shores #toronto #lakeontario #humberbayshores #skyline #towers #evening #blue #clouds

Starting to shine #toronto #sunnysidebeach #lakeontario #humberbayshores #skyline #towers #evening

Starting to glitter #toronto #humberbayshores #skyline #evening #lights #towers #beach #lakeontario #humberbay

Blue over blue #toronto #humberbay #blue #evening #twilight #sky #lakeontario

Under the arch #toronto #humberbayarchbridge #architecture #bridge #twilight #blue

Looking east #toronto #skyline #cntower #twilight #night #palacepier

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: housing, highways, Toronto Zoo, Dufferin Grove Park, 501 Queen

  • Jennifer Pagliaro and Emily Mathieu at the Toronto Star look at how 1400 subsidized housing units remain empty despite the housing crisis, and why.
  • Does Toronto need another 400-series highway to handle traffic? blogTO considers.
  • How can the Toronto Zoo move forward? The Toronto Star examines.
  • Dufferin Grove Park is scheduled to face an interesting redevelopment. blogTO reports.
  • Steve Munro looks at the factors behind longer travel times on the 501 Queen streetcar.