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[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links

  • I do hope Toronto does something with the abandoned foot court on Queen West and John. blogTO reports.
  • blogTO looks at the new Villiers Island set to occupy the mouth of the Don River in the Port Lands.
  • An Ossington laneway is going to be repainted after a botched improvement project destroyed its public art. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Steve Munro fisks a defense by the Toronto Board of Trade of the proposed Ontario Line, here.
  • Andrew Cash, sadly not elected in my riding of Davenport, writes in the Toronto Star about the importance of Toronto having active local MPs.
  • National Observer looks at how the City of Toronto is encouraging residents grow gardens for pollinators.
  • Samantha Edwards writes at NOW Toronto about how the long-closed Paradise on Bloor theatre is set to reopen in December.

[URBAN NOTE] Eight Toronto links

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Chinatown, neigthbourhoods, Port Lands, TTC maps, TTC open house

  • Downtown Pets and Aquarium has reopened, just south of its old Chinatown location. blogTO reports.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing writes about what Toronto should do as it moves towards an intensification of development in its neighbourhoods.
  • Blayne Haggart writes at The Conversation about how the Sidewalk Labs plan for the Port Lands in Toronto really should become an election issue.
  • Sean Marshall takes issue with some of the maps used by the TTC to advertise its different and varied routes.
  • Robert Mackenzie at the Transit Toronto blog notes that, on Saturday the 21st, the TTC will be hosting open houses at the Leslie Barns and Greenwood Yard.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Port Lands, Ontario Place, churches, mass transit, Scarborough

  • Guardian Cities takes a look from afar at the controversy over Google in the Port Lands of Toronto.
  • CityLab looks at the debate over the future of Ontario Place in the Doug Ford era.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto looks at how six churches in downtown Toronto have survived the condo boom.
  • The City of Toronto has blamed the Ontario government for the delayed transition to Presto. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Matt Gurney writes at TVO about how Toronto, having coasted by on surplus capacity, is now facing a transit crisis.
  • Osobe Waberi writes at The Discourse about the transit desert that dominates much of Scarborough.
  • A fourth subway stop has been proposed for the already expensive Scarborough subway extension. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Lake Ontario, fly, Ontario Place, Port Lands, parks

  • Measured at Toronto, Lake Ontario has reached its highest point in recorded history. blogTO reports.
  • Beach season has to be put off in Toronto until mid-June at least, on account of the record high water. blogTO reports.
  • Legendary queer nightclub fly–or fly 2.0–is shutting down this Pride. blogTO reports.
  • The provincial government call for development proposals for Ontario Place, happily, makes no mention of casinos. The National Post reports.
  • This BBC article takes a convenient outsider’s look at the controversy over the Google involvement in the Port Lands development project.
  • Tanya Mok at blogTO introduces readers to the very unusual June Callwood Park, designed around a voiceprint of the late journalist and activist.
  • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto looks at the impromptu party being Daniel Rotsztain to celebrate The Pillars at Queens Quay at York this evening. (I think I’ll be there.)

[URBAN NOTE} Seven Toronto links: Lake Ontario, UP Express, Rail Deck Park, Google, TTC, Doors Open

  • Reddit’s r/toronto shares this photo of the level of Lake Ontario having risen above the level of the boardwalk at HTO Park. Are we in for another year of flooding, on the Toronto Islands particularly?
  • This CBC Toronto article from a week ago notes how Lake Ontario is getting close to 2017 levels.
  • Changes in the Presto system have left many people who use the Union-Pearson Express to commute in a financially costly situation. CBC Toronto reports.
  • This court case, besides setting boundaries on what planning boards can and cannot do, will also determine the fate of the Rail Deck Park. I hope it will survive. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Stefanie Marotta at the Toronto Star reports on a Jane’s Walk led by MP Adam Vaughan and Bianca Wylie of the waterfront, inspired by their criticism of the Sidewalk Labs plans.
  • Shazlin Rahman writes at Spacing about the prejudices that push Muslim women away from the TTC, and what can be done to protect these women.
  • Urban Toronto shares the news of Open Doors 2019 in Toronto on 25 and 26 May, with more than 150 buildings being opened to the public.

[URBAN NOTE] Nine Toronto links: TTC, Mount Duff, parks, Sully’s, Six Points, heritage, Port Lands

  • NOW Toronto shares a report from an anonymous TTC fare evader who argues for free transit for the poorer of Toronto.</LI.
  • blogTO notes that the famous wintertime snow pile of the Dufferin Mall parking lot, Mount Duff, is back!
  • I am very pleased to learn of the impending plans to make the Humber Bay Shores Park better than ever. blogTO reports.
  • Neighbourhood establishment, Sully’s Boxing Gym, is facing eviction from its Dupont Street home in the very near future. Will it figure out a new deal with its landlord? Will it survive to make it to a new location? blogTO reports.
  • Transit Toronto notes that the infamous Six Points intersection of Etobicoke is going to be involved in a transit schedule-confusing transformation for the foreseeable future.
  • A house in Wallace Emerson just sold for $C 1.4 million, after just two days on the market. Toronto Life reports.
  • This plan to replace the old University of Toronto planetarium with a new establishment, at 90 Queen’s Park Crescent, of a mixed-use centre is certainly visually appealing. blogTO <a href="https://www.blogto.com/real-estate-toronto/2019/02/90-queens-park-u-of-toronto/
  • Richard Longley writes at NOW Toronto about the need of the city to preserve its heritage in all of its richnesses.
  • John Lorinc writes at Spacing about the issues revealed in Toronto and Ontario politics by the Sidewalk Labs adventure in the Port Lands.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: 200 Wellesley Street East, real estate, coops, Sidewalk Labs

  • This thread at Reddit’s unresolvedmysteries forum takes a look at a mysterious string of deaths at 200 Wellesley Street East. Like much of the best true crime writing out there, the discussion drills down into an examination of the forces leading to these tragedies. Recommended reading, this.
  • CBC reports on the exceptional difficulties facing prospective renters in the city of Toronto in finding housing.
  • blogTO notes that the housing crunch in Toronto is such that many Torontonians are doing their best to stay in place.
  • Diane Peters, writing at TVO, suggests Toronto may be poised for a boom in housing co-operatives.
  • Mariana Valverde writes at the CFE blog about how Toronto seems apparently unprepared at the official level for the Sidewalk Labs revenue grab.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Umbrella Academy, TTC, trails, crime, Port Lands

  • Toronto Life includes photos of some of the most notable locations in the new Toronto-filmed TV series, The Umbrella Academy.
  • This report revealing the scale of fare evasion and losses due to Metrolinx malfunction on the TTC, in the area of $C 64 million, is unsurprising. Global News reports.
  • Sean Marshall reports on the new Canongate Trial in Scarborough, erected to help allow for safe pedestrian access to a street where a child was recently killed in a collision.
  • Urban Toronto looks at the state of the renovation of the Park Hyatt at Bloor and Avenue Road.
  • CBC reports that Bruce McArthur was linked, in 2013, to three of the men he was convicted six years later of murdering.
  • Bianca Wylie at Spacing considers the lessons Toronto should take from the unfolding Sidewalk Labs drama in the Port Lands.
  • This Metro Morning interview with Dan Doctoroff on the Sidewalk Labs’ plan for the Port Lands is revealing.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, Port Lands, homelessness, Wilfrid Laurier, affordable housing

  • The upload of the TTC from Toronto to Ontario may well prove which level of government can do a better job of building transit, the city or the province, Ben Spurr notes at the Toronto Star.
  • Businesses in Toronto’s Port Lands welcome increased development, for understandable reasons. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto notes that John Tory neglects mental health as not a cause but a consequence of homelessness, given the extraordinary stresses that imposes on people.
  • Jamie Bradburn looks at how Toronto responded to the death of former prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier back in 1919.
  • Cheryll Case at the Broadbent Blog notes the negative effect that the Finch and Eglinton LRTs can have on affordable housing in northwestern Toronto, where Toronto’s black populations are most concentrated.