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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Little Jamaica, The Coffee Lab, Tour Tram, Massey Hall, design

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  • blogTO takes a look at Little Jamaica along Eglinton Avenue West, a neighbourhood that persists despite gentrification and Eglinton Crosstown construction.
  • Christopher Hume takes a look at The Coffee Lab, a tiny coffee shop on Spadina south of Richmond, and what this suggests about Toronto’s urban future, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Steve Munro takes a look at the 1973 introduction of Toronto’s Tour Tram.
  • As Massey Hall is set for a years-long shutdown for renovations, NOW Toronto’s Richard Trapunski shares musicians’ memory of this venue.
  • blogTO takes a look at Claude Cormier + Associés, the Montréal-based architecture firm that has introduced quirky highlights to Toronto like the redesigned Berczy Park.
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[CAT] Five cat links: Toronto cat parks, cat longevity, Australia, California cougars, fishing cats

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  • Toronto, finally, will be getting not one but two cat-themed parks in the downtown core, including one of the site of the Addisons Residence nightclub to be built by 2022. blogTO reports.
  • At Atlas Obscura, Christina Couch tells the story of Texan Jake Perry, a man who claims to have found a way to give cats very extended lifespans.
  • Jason Daley at Smithsonian notesthe exceptional death toll inflicted by cats on native wildlife, including reptiles, after their introduction into Australia.
  • Four cougar kittens were recently found, miraculously, in a patch of California hills surrounded by roads. Annie Roth at National Geographic reports.
  • Oishimaya Sen Mag at World Atlas reports/u> on the fishing cat of South Asia, a feline population facing significant enviromental pressure.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 30, 2018 at 9:30 am

[PHOTO] Eight photos of the Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods Park, May 2018

This post sharing eight of my favourite photos of the sakura of Trinity Bellwoods Park from last month might be late, but the beauty remains.

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (1) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #cherryblossom #sakura #latergram

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (2) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #cherryblossom #sakura #latergram

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (3) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #cherryblossom #sakura #latergram

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (4) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #sakura #cherryblossom #latergram

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (5) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #cherryblossom #sakura #latergram

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (6) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #sakura #cherryblossom #latergram

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (7) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #sakura #cherryblossom #latergram

Sakura of Trinity Bellwoods (8) #toronto #trinitybellwoods #parks #sakura #cherryblossom #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

June 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm

[PHOTO] Ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park (#trinitybellwoods)

I took ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park early on the afternoon of the 10th of May, walking south from Dundas Street West south towards the cherry blossoms by Queen West, The park was vivifying, becoming ever greener almost with every step I took.

Into Trinity Bellwoods from Dundas #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #dundasstreetwest #latergram

Monument to Portuguese Canadian volunteers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #monument #portuguesecanadian #latergram

Afternoon in the park #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Monument to the Caranguejeira pioneers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #portuguesecanadian #caranguejeira #migration #latergram

Turning green #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Towards Garrison Creek towards the CN Tower #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Pit #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Houses to the west #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #latergram

Green lawn #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Houses to the east #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #gorevaleavenue #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 10:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Twelve Toronto links

  • Edward Keenan is entirely right to praise the idea of exploring the cherry blossoms of Toronto by foot. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Mark Cullen noted last week the struggle to keep what may be the oldest tree in Toronto, a red soak more than three centuries old, alive, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Tory is quite right to note that Toronto needs to prepare for possible surges of refugees. CBC reports.
  • A Scarborough mansion that has been abandoned for years has just sold for $C 3.8 million. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The infamous Giraffe building on the northwest corner of Dundas West and Bloor may be set to disappear, finally, under a wave of new construction there. Toronto Life reports.
  • blogTO makes the case that west-end Rogers Road is becoming the new centre of the Portuguese-Canadian community, here.
  • Orfus Road, off Dufferin Street near Yorkdale, is a place to go for outlet stores and discounted merchandise. blogTO notes.
  • The TTC has cancelled its weekend closures of parts of different subway routes after disputes with the union. The Toronto Star reports.
  • By one metric, Toronto falls behind only New York City in the race for the Amazon HQ2. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto tells the story of someone who grew marijuana in their backyard, here.
  • An AI Weiwei show will be coming to Toronto in 2019. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Peter Knegt profiles Toronto drag queen Sofonda Cox, over at CBC.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: #yongeandstrong, Bloordale, rental housing crisis, Green Line

  • Toronto Life has a nice photo-heavy feature sharing the experiences of some of the witnesses and survivors of the North York van attack.
  • NOW Toronto reports on the discontent of Bloordale residents with the latest proposal for development on the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin.
  • Prices for rental housing continue to rise beyond the city of Toronto, in the wider GTA. CBC reports.
  • The idea of a crisis of affordability for Toronto renters, with one-quarter having to pay half or more of their income in rent, is very real. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Public consultation on the plan for a Green Line network of parks, extending from Bathurst Street up to Earlscourt Park, will close on Friday. Submissions can be made here.

[PHOTO] Avondale Park in the evening

Avondale Park in the evening #toronto #parks #northyork #avondalepark #mansionsofavondale #evening #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

April 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm