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[URBAN NOTE] Eight Toronto links: neighbourhoods, housing, mass transit, Great Lakes

  • I do agree with the argument of Emma Teitel in the Toronto Star that, between the east and the west of Toronto, the west is the more snobbish. (West-ender, here.)
  • blogTO notes that home prices in Toronto are ridiculously out of the reach of average millennials.
  • Is multi-generational housing the solution to the housing shortage in Toronto? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto Life profiles</u. the photos taken by Jesse Colin Jackson of the now-demolished Regent Park building of 14 Blevins Place.
  • The story of the terrible, expensive architectural problems with the TTC’s Pioneer Village station is appalling. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Steve Munro notes how the TTC is decidedly unhappy with the failings of Presto.
  • Christian Mittelstaedt writes at NOW Toronto about how the flooding of the Toronto Islands this year can be traced, in part, to problems with how Canada and the United States jointly manage the Great Lakes.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, Bombardier, Lightspell, Harbord war memorials, Water Nymphs

  • blogTO reports on the desire of the TTC to take over transit issues generally in the City of Toronto, down to the level of Toronto Islands ferries.
  • The apology from Bombardier’s president for the streetcar faults is, to my mind, not nearly enough. What will come of the TTC? What will come of Bombardier, too? The Toronto Star reports.
  • If the TTC finally gets the Lightspell public art installation going at the Pioneer Village station, I will be pleased. blogTO reports.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto reports on the world war memorials at Harbord Collegiate Institute, speaking of alumni lost in these two conflicts.
  • Jamie Bradburn wrote about the Water Nymphs Club, a swim team sponsored by the Toronto Evening Telegram back in the 1920s.

[NEWS] Five pop culture links: Pioneer Village, Japan, Chippewas of the Thames, I Tonya, porn

  • blogTO notes the reluctance of the TTC to turn on the interactive LightSpell art at Pioneer Village station, even though it is now revealed to have cost $C 2 million (not $C 500 thousand).
  • Connor Cislo notes at Bloomberg the growing importance of intellectual property as a source of income for the Japanese economy, especially in a time of an emergent trade deficit and an aging workforce.
  • Liny Lamberink at Global News notes how the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is using an innovative eco-home to attract tourists to their reserve.
  • VICE interviews Craig Gillespie, director of the intriguing new film I, Tonya about 1900s figure skater Tonya Harding, talking about the film and the thought that went into it. I must see this one, I think.
  • VICE reports PornHub data from Hawaii during last week’s ballistic missile scare. It turns out porn watching collapsed by 77% during the crisis but then spiked by half after 9 o’clock.

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about GTA transit: Bombardier, Line 1 expansion, Scarborough, York Region

  • As Bombardier announces further delays, Metrolinx announced it was halving the number of Bombardier cars it was planning to buy. The Toronto Star reports.
  • It’s a shame that the TTC didn’t figure out a way beforehand to deal with the potential for misuse of the new art installation at Pioneer Village station. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Might the NDP stop the feckless Scarborough subway expansion? One can hope. Martin Regg Cohn speculates in the Toronto Star.
  • I substantially agree with Christopher Hume’s argument in the Toronto Star that, though the Line 1 expansion is beautiful, it should not have been the first thing the TTC built. (Downtown Relief Line, say?)
  • Transit Toronto notes how York Region Transit is adapting to the Line 1 extension.
  • Tricia Wood at Torontoist takes another look at the exceptionally regional nature of commuting, with relatively few commuters crossing municipal boundaries.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO shares photos of the destruction of the World’s Biggest Bookstore.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at a proposal for interstellar slingshots.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that tidally-locked Earth analogues will be habitable, avoiding scenarios where all their water is trapped on the nightside unless they have too little water.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a paper studying mechanisms for creating Ganymede’s grooves.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Alex Harrowell is skeptical of separatism in Catalonia, as in other relatively rich European regions, where it involves a desire to separate from poorer areas.
  • Language Hat links to a paper suggesting that Taiwan is not the ultimate homeland of the Austronesian language family.
  • Robert Farley of Lawyers, Guns and Money links to an article of his commenting on what China learned from the Gulf War of 1991.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that Brazil once enjoyed roaring economic growth until the 1980s. Is this China’s future?
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw has a forum post seeking to explore stereotypes of Australia, as a country as a whole and as component regions.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to an article suggesting that the shrinkage of Russia’s working-age population may lead to a decline of the oil industry, if it lacks sufficient workers.
  • Torontoist looks at the new TTC Pioneer Village station being worked on.
  • Towleroad notes furor creating by the decision of a transgender woman to bury her as a man.
  • Towleroad looks at problems with PReP.
  • Window on Eurasia notes non-recognition of Crimean annexation and suggests that Russian minorities outside Russia are now in a weaker position because of Russian irredentism.