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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Pickering, Durham, Delta, Cairo, Yarmouk

  • Angela Bischoff at NOW Toronto is right to make the point/u> that the disposal of the nuclear waste from the Pickering plant is a major issue, though I do not think this waste disproves the case for the plant.
  • Durham Region is set to experience something of a marijuana boom when cannabis production becomes legalized. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The mayor of the British Columbian community of Delta is concerned marijuana might displace food production on scarce, and wants regulation to prevent this. Global News reports.
  • Mother Jones notes the terrible damage that Ben Carson has inflicted, as housing secretary, on low-income residents of a development in embattled Cairo, Illinois.
  • Open Democracy’s Budour Hassan pays tribute to Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria recently destroyed by the civil war that once was a capital of the diaspora.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: HQ2, Geary Avenue, Yonge and Eglinton, Port Lands, Pickering subway

  • Ben Fox Rubin at CNET reports on the perhaps surprisingly successful bid of Toronto to host Amazon’s HQ2.
  • blogTO reports on how Geary Avenue, just one street away from me, is becoming one of the most interesting streets in Toronto for nightclubbing and more.
  • Many residents of Yonge and Eglinton are unhappy with the pace of condo construction in the neighbourhood. Local resources–like utilities, and local schools–are coming under pressure. blogTO reports.
  • Part of Lake Ontario in the Port Lands, off Cherry Street, is being filled in for condo development. CityNews reports.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing looks at the many ways in which Premier Doug Ford’s proposal of extending the subway to Pickering simply does not work.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: CN Tower, land transfer tax, mass transit, Tool Library, Pickering

  • Toronto Life shares twelve photos of the CN Tower taken at different points during its 1970s construction.
  • blogTO also shares some CN Tower construction photos.
  • Torontoist notes the warning of real estate agents that continuing to rely on the land transfer tax, without other revenue sources, is a problem for the budget of the city.
  • Jennifer Pagliaro notes at the Toronto Star that updated projections for the cost of the Scarborough subway extension won’t be released until after the election. (I bet they will be leaked beforehand.)
  • blogTO shares a series of maps imagining what the map of Toronto could have looked like had the city followed through on the many plans for transit expansion that it has since dropped.
  • The Toronto Tool Library, due to unforeseen circumstances, is at risk of closing unless its crowdfunding efforts succeed. blogTO reports.
  • Michelle Adelman notes at NOW Toronto that plans of evacuations in the event of a catastrophe at a nuclear plant in the GTA, particularly Pickering just east of Scarborough, need updating.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from strange disappearances to the Toronto Islands to odd suburbs

  • James Dubro highlights at Torontoist the disappearing queer men of Toronto. Is a serial killer at work?
  • At the Toronto Star, Paul Hunter reports on how the Toronto Islands have been reopened starting today.
  • John Lorinc’s investigation of high-rise safety in Toronto is alarming, and ends here and here.
  • Scott Wheeler looks at the controversial mounted cow sculpture of Cathedraltown, in Markham.
  • Victoria Gibson reports on the $150 million a year spent by the federal government at Pickering on property never used to build an airport.

[URBAN NOTE] “Pickering pedestrian bridge ran into trouble early on”

The Toronto Star‘s Azzura Lalani describes Metrolinx’s dispiriting venture into building a pedestrian bridge in Pickering.

It began as a lofty venture to give pedestrians a walkway above 14 lanes of highway, linking the GO station south of Hwy. 401 to downtown Pickering north of the highway.

The pedestrian bridge was supposed to be a sleek statement for Pickering, a functional and beautiful bridge that would glow at night with LED lighting.

More than five years after the bridge was supposed to be completed, it is still unfinished and Metrolinx still doesn’t know when it will be.

Dozens of curved metal panels are stacked up with rope along the bridge, outside the glass windows of the catwalk.

“Construction will resume once the contractor is ready to move ahead on all of the structure’s components: the structural steel, the metal cladding and the exterior lighting system,” said Anne Marie Aikins, a spokesperson for Metrolinx.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “There can only be one: Ajax, Pickering fight for right to host casino”

In The Globe and Mail, Jill Mahoney reports on how the suburban Toronto cities of Ajax and Pickering are competing for the right to have a casino.

Does anyone reading this have any stake in Ajax versus Pickering? I like the latter’s flea market, for whatever it’s worth.

The cornfield stretches as far as the eye can see. But amid the rows of stalks, there are billboards depicting an incongruous scene: a dramatic nighttime rendering of a massive entertainment complex featuring a casino, a water park, a convention centre and multiple hotels.

The signs promise that the development is “coming soon” to this patch of farmland in Pickering. But despite winning city council support, the future of the main attraction – the casino – is still very much up in the air.

Just eight kilometres away in Ajax, the owner of a 10-year-old slot-machine and horse-racing facility has also secured approval from local leaders to rezone the site for a casino expansion.

The catch? The two casino projects cannot co-exist. Under Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. rules, there can be only one casino in the geographic zone that includes Pickering and Ajax.

The high stakes have led to a battle between the mayors of the neighbouring communities, who both want the jobs, spinoff businesses and millions in hosting fees that a large casino would bring. Their embrace of gaming expansion is in sharp contrast to the reception given to a proposal to build a large downtown casino in Toronto, which was overwhelmingly rejected by city council three years ago.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Is this farm the last frontier of GTA sprawl?”

The Toronto Star‘s Alex Ballingall writes about the last remnants of an eastern GTA farm set to be erased by development.

Time has chipped acres away from the old Westney family farm for more than a century, and now nearby residents in Ajax and Pickering want to halt suburban sprawl to save what’s left of a piece of local history.

The two-acre plot of former farmland is subject to a development proposal that would plop 19 new houses in a cluster around the 19th century Westglen farmhouse, which was designated a heritage site in 1985. A group of neighbours and history enthusiasts has organized a “Save Westglen” campaign, worrying that the new construction, as proposed, would obscure the house and diminish a landmark that’s significant to the story of communities east of Toronto.

“To reduce that family and what they’ve done to just the smallest fraction and this tiny footprint, that’s the real injustice here,” said Paul Gittens, who lives near the old farm.

“It’s high time that the politicians and the developers need to recognize what is going on. We are losing historical sites to commerce and to greed.”

Tribute Communities, the developer that owns the old farm property, did not respond to requests for comment from the Star.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm