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[URBAN NOTE] Four blog links about Toronto: Metrolinx, Christie Pits riots, Scarborough, parkettes

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  • Steve Munro evaluates the next plans for Metrolinx for regional transit.
  • Evan Balgord at Torontoist looks back at the anti-Nazi Christie Pits riots of 1933.
  • Cheryl Thompson at Spacing looks at the extent to which gun violence in Scarborough is a symptom of deepening poverty.
  • Nikhil Sharma at Torontoist notes that private parkettes are an imperfect substitute for public parks.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of Allan Gardens, park and conservatory both

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In the beautiful late afternoon of Wednesday the 16th, I went to Allan Gardens to take a look around. The greenhouse is lovely, but so too is the surrounding park, all bright and warm in the heat of a summer that has finally gotten here.

All the photos I took that afternoon are neatly organized in albums on Facebook and Flickr

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

#toronto #allangardens #green #parks #greenhouse

Written by Randy McDonald

August 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

[PHOTO] Looking out over the city, Wallace Emerson Park

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Looking out over the city #toronto #wallaceemerson #skyline #evening

Written by Randy McDonald

August 11, 2017 at 9:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan’s, parks, and Montréal laneways

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  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.
  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.
  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan’s beach on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.
  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green–literally–laneways of Montréal.

[URBAN NOTE] Six links on Toronto, on mass transit and infrastructure generally

  • This story of a TTC worker who took a day’s fares home with him, where they got confiscated by police, and then compensated by union pressure for having been suspended without pay … wow.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that cost overruns for city infrastructure need to be taken seriously. The quoted price for a park staircase is just off.
  • Daily Xtra notes the sad state of repairs of the rainbow crosswalks of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on Twyn Rivers Drive, a Scarborough route some say should be marked as off-limits for heavy vehicles.
  • NOW Toronto reports on how Mississauga is starting to outshine Toronto in the department of bike lanes.
  • Torontoist’s Tricia Wood writes about the almost impressive dysfunction at Metrolinx.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

[PHOTO] Looking south at the Dominico Field baseball diamond, Christie Pit

Looking south at the Dominico Field baseball diamond, Christie Pit #toronto #christiepit #parks #baseball #evening

Dominico Field, in the northeast of Christie Pit, can look rather impressive when seen from the northern lip of the park on Barton.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 19, 2017 at 6:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links, from condo conversions to a cat park to unsafe beaches

  • John Michael McGrath argues at TVO that leaving Toronto for Ontario cities with cheaper housing misses the issue of jobs. For starters.
  • Michelle McQuigge looks at how the CNIB is helping make Yonge and St. Clair accessible to the blind.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Erik Heinrich looks at how a mid-rise office tower at 1133 Yonge Street is being transformed into condos.
  • The Toronto Star reports that the condo/hotel tower at 325 Bay Street no longer bears the name of Trump. Toronto is free!
  • The end of the Palace Arms rooming house at King and Strachan, Christian Controneo notes at Torontoist, must be seen as terrible for the people who live there.
  • blogTO notes that E. Coli levels on mainland Toronto beaches make them unsafe for swimmers. No lake water this year!
  • blogTO notes that Montréal architect Claude Cormier, designer of HTO and Berczy, will next do a cat-themed park.