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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Edmonton, Vancouver, St. George, Kanepi, Moscow

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  • The City of Edmonton is considering the idea of intentionally creating a beach for sun-seekers on the North Saskatchewan River after last year’s happy accident. Global News reports.
  • There is controversy in Vancouver over the idea of investor immigrants gaining voting rights in the city. Global News reports</u..
  • The Utah conurbation of St. George faces real problems of water scarcity. CityLab reports.
  • The Estonian municipality of Kanepi has made the leaf of the cannabis plant its logo. CityLab reports.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the symbolism behind the vast and impressive Moscow subway system, here.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Anatolia, Massey Hall, T.J. Atwood, Inside Out, wooden tower

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  • I believe I have been to this Turkish-Canadian restaurant in the west end of Toronto. CBC reports on Anatolia Restaurant.
  • The missing Bach and Beethoven windows of Massey Hall have been recovered, safely boxed away in a basement. The Toronto Star reports.
  • I quite liked this article about this athlete, T.J. Atwood, practising his surfing off of the Scarborough Bluffs. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Drew Rowsome reports on the upcoming Inside Out LGBT film festival here in Toronto, here.
  • A 14-story wooden tower at the University of Toronto would certainly be an eye-catching addition to the downtown skyline. The Toronto Star reports.

[PHOTO] Twenty-three photos of the works of David Hockney at the Met (#hockney, @metmuseum)

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The winter’s David Hockney exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently located next to the Michaelangelo show, covered everything there was to see, from his student art to his latest iPad art. I have to say that Hockney really only came into his own as an artist once he moved to North America in the mid-1960s, and came to enjoy the sunshine and the space of California (among others). Seeing notable works like A Bigger Splash, or his double portraits of couples, or some of his photo mosaics, was truly an experience to be appreciated. Michael Valinsky’s recent Them article does a great job outlining Hockney’s importance, not least as a queer artist out practically from the beginning of his career.

My Brother is only Seventeen (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Cleaning Teeth, Early Evening (1962) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Tea Painting in an Illusionistic Style (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

The Cha-Cha That Was Danced in the Early Hours of 24th March (1961) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Arizona (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #arizona #latergram

Play Within A Play (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Domestic Scene, Los Angeles (1963) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #losangeles #latergram

Medical Building (1966) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Man in Shower in Beverly Hills (1964) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Lawn Being Sprinkled (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

A Bigger Splash (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Savings and Loan Building (1967) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Rubber Ring Floating In A Swimming Pool (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Pool and Steps, Le Nid du Duc (1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Detail, Henry Geldzahler & Christopher Scott (1969) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #henrygeldzahler #christopherscott #latergram

Detail, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1970-1971) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #ossieclark #celiabirtwell #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Detail, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (1968) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #latergram

Don + Christopher, Los Angeles, 6th March 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #christopherisherwood #donbachardy #polaroid #mosaic #latergram

My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, Nov. 1982 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #boltonabbey #yorkshire #latergram

Breakfast at Malibu, Sunday, 1989 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #malibu #latergram

9 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #grandcanyon #latergram

Hockney gone electronic #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #davidhockney #hockney #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Twelve Toronto links

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  • 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.

[PHOTO] Twenty-nine photos from Michaelangelo (#metmichaelangelo) at the Met (#metmuseum)

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After much too long, and having overcome computer issues among other things, I thought it was time for me to resume my NYC latergramming.

The Met’s exhibition of Michaelangelo–Michaelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer–is superb, tracing his direct influences through to his immediate successors with a remarkable survey of the entirety of his sketches. Thank you, Paul, for suggesting this, and thank you, Alexander, for waiting outside until I finished. (It was crowded, and deservedly so.) What can be said but that Michaelangelo was a master?

Study of a Kneeling Man Seen From the Rear #newyorkcity #newyork #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Study of Two Figures in a Study of the Ascension of Saint John the Evangelist by Giotto #newyorkcity #newyork #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Sketches #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Young Archer #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Studies for the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Sketch for a Standing Male Figure (Saint John the Evangelist) #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Study of a Standing Male Nude Seen From the Back #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Study of a Standing Male Nude (Slave For the Tomb of Pope Julius III) #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Sketches of Male Heads #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Study of a Standing Male Nude Seen From the Back #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Study of the Torso of a Male Nude Seen From the Back #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Architectural sketch #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Study of a Scene of the Resurrection #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Risen Christ #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Study of a Male Nude (Risen Christ) #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Cleopatra in Bust Length #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #andreaquaratesi #drawing #latergram

Domestic Scene of a Woman and a Man with Three Children and a Cat #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #drawing #latergram

Sistine Chapel ceiling recreation #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sistinechapel #painting #latergram

Drapery Stify for the Erythraean Sibyl on the Sistine Chapel ceiling #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sistinechapel #painting #latergram

Apollo-David (unfinished) #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Eight works after Michaelangelo #newyorkcity #newyork #metmuseum #metmichaelangelo #michaelangelo #sculpture #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Hamilton, Rotterdam, Hambantota, Warsaw

  • In response to a desire to remove an almost bizarre controversial statue of a cow from its location in a neighbourhood in Markham, the owner has sued the city for $C 4 million. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The mayor of Hamilton, Ontario, would like housing incorporated into shopping malls, to deal with issues of housing and retail in one go. Global News reports.
  • Brexit threatens to decidedly destabilize the picture for the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The Independent reports.
  • Bloomberg notes that the controversial Chinese-owned port of Hambantota, in Sri Lanka, is doing terrible business.
  • Newly-discovered documents provide confirmation of the belief that the Nazis planned to utterly destroy Warsaw. The National Post reports.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams shares a cool design for a mid-21st century Triton landing mission.
  • Crooked Timber argues American conservative intellectuals have descended to hackwork.
  • D-Brief notes the surprisingly important role that eyebrows may have played in human evolution.
  • Dead Things notes how a hominid fossil discovery in the Arabian desert suggests human migration to Africa occurred almost 90 thousand years ago, longer than previously believed.
  • Hornet Stories notes that biphobia in the LGBTQ community is one factor discouraging bisexuals from coming out.
  • At In Media Res, Russell Arben Fox gives a favourable review to Wendell Berry’s latest, The Art of Loading Brush.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the connections between Roman civilization and poisoning as a means for murder.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how the early 20th century American practice of redlining, denying minorities access to good housing, still marks the maps of American cities.
  • The LRB Blog notes how the 1948 assassination of reformer Gaitan in Bogota changed Colombia and Latin America, touching the lives of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Fidel Castro.
  • The Map Room Blog notes that Spacing has launched a new contest, encouraging creators of inventive maps of Canadian cities to do their work.
  • The NYR Daily notes a new exhibit of Victorian art that explores its various mirrored influences, backwards and forwards.
  • At the Planetary Society Blog, Jason Davis explores TESS, the next generation of planet-hunting astronomy satellite from NASA.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shares photos of planetary formation around sun-like star TW Hydrae.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that a combination of urbanization, Russian government policy, and the influence of pop culture is killing off minority languages in Russia.