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Posts Tagged ‘quayside

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Toronto Monopoly, signs, public art, Portlands, Union Station

  • blogTO notes that there is, for a short while, a Toronto-themed version of Monopoly available for sale.
  • The iconic Toronto sign in front of City Hall is set to be replaced with a more cost-effective one. The Toronto Star reports.
  • I like the controversial statue of a man 25 feet tall placed in front of a new condo development on St. Clair Avenue West. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The National Post reports in depth of the plans of Google’s Sidewalk Labs to transform the Portlands.
  • Sean Marshall looks at how the concrete barriers put up in front of Union Station disrupt, particularly, non-car traffic there.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Google and the Portlands, TTC, Westside Mall, Sahil Jagil

  • Steve Munro examines the complexity of the issues raised by Google’s leaked plans for the Port Lands, and the possibility that it overplayed its hand.
  • The Toronto Star, incidentally, notes that the Ontario government has reacted strongly and negatively to the Google proposal re: the Port Lands.
  • Urban Toronto considers the language of “terms of reference” used in the discussion of uploading the TTC from Toronto to Ontario. What does it all mean?
  • Urban Toronto reports on plans to redevelop the Westside Mall driven by the nearby Caledonia Station on the Eglinton Crosstown line.
  • Toronto Life tells the story of Sahil Jagil, a man who came to Ontario as a student at Wilfrid Laurier University at 18 and in the next decade and a half managed to create a small property empire in Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Quayside, St. James Town, condo safety, Coal Bin, homelessness

  • Marco Chown Oved reports at the Toronto Star on how Sidewalk Labs wants to expand its vision for Quayside, taking over not only the entire Port Lands but taxation power, too.
  • St. James Town has been having a terrible string of failures recently. CTV News reports on one of these.
  • The recent “chair girl” episode, CBC Toronto notes, has highlighted again issues with Airbnb and with condo living.
  • Chris Bateman at CityLab explores the history of the Coal Bin, an early 1970s “fern bar” in the Financial District that was the first singles bar open to women in Toronto.
  • Peter Biesterfield writes at NOW Toronto about the scope of the Toronto homelessness crisis, and the lack of meaningful public action to deal with it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: streetcars, the Well, TTC, noise, Quayside

  • Steve Munro contrasts and compares time on the King and Queen streetcar routes, here.
  • Urban Toronto shares a photo of the massive Well, a giant construction pit downtown.
  • John Tory certainly should, as mayor, be informed by the province of Ontario as to what it intends to do with the TTC. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Is a neighbourhood in southwest Scarborough the noisiest neighbourhood in Toronto? The Toronto Star investigates.
  • Sidewalk Labs’ plans for Quayside have gotten the attention of CityLab, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Art Shoppe, Quayside, Villiers Island, comic books, police

  • Urban Toronto shows a photo of the Art Shoppe at Yonge and Eglinton, seven years ago and now in the condo era.
  • Sidewalk Labs promises to provide a substantial amount of affordable housing at Quayside. The Toronto Star reports.
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  • blogTO takes< a look at Villiers Island, set to be constructed at the mouth of the Don.
  • Crowdfunding might yet deliver to Toronto a comic book library. blogTO reports.
  • Pride Toronto is undertaking a cross-country study looking at ways to improve police-LGBTQ relations. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Chinatown, Alternative Thinking, Bloor West, Black Toronto,Quayside

  • Toronto’s Chinatown on Spadina Avenue is facing pressures from gentrification, including architectural ones, the Toronto Star observes.
  • blogTO notes that the building housing shop Alternative Thinking is the only survivor of the old Honest Ed’s-anchored Mirvish Village.
  • Urban Toronto shares revised plans for 2452 Bloor Street West, in Bloor West Village near Jane.
  • Black people in Toronto tend to live in “segregated” neighbourhoods, census and other data suggest, according to this article in the Toronto Star.
  • Global News notes the demand of privacy commissioner Anne Cavoukian for the data being gathered by Waterfront Toronto in the Quayside project.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Quayside, CNE strike, City Council, soil, The Discourse

  • Sidewalk Labs is unveiling impressive plans for the design of Quayside, but not offering much details on data collection in this smart neighbourhood. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Apparently the CNE is making use of out-of-province workers faced with a strike for its long-time staff. If this is true, I will not be going to the Ex this year, I’m afraid. Global News reports.
  • A court date has been set to hear a challenge against Doug Ford’s unilateral reduction in the size of Toronto City Council, Jennifer Pagliaro reports at the Toronto Star.
  • The illegal dumping of soil excavated from Toronto construction sites, deposited in rural areas without regard to environmental never mind legal concerns, is a growing plague in the Toronto hinterland. CBC reports.
  • The Discourse has announced that they are searching for a journalist well-versed in Scarborough, extending their coverage into central Canada.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Sunrise Propane, housing, #towaterfront, Quayside, Flemingdon Park

  • Aaron D’Andrea notes that, a decade after the massive explosion in Downsview that tore apart north Toronto’s Sunrise Propane, the space is still vacant. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Richard Florida offers a short list of suggestions to ease the affordable housing crisis in Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Deborah de Lange argues convincingly, at The Conversation, that Toronto needs a much more architecturally and aesthetically sensitive approach to its waterfront, that it needs beauty down by Lake Ontario.
  • Amanda Roth at The Logic reports on the continued bureaucratic fighting over the future of Quayside.
  • Some tenants in Flemingdon Park, inspired by news from Parkdale, embarked on a rent strike in protest of hikes in rent. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Quayside, Woodbine Beach, Feed It Forward, comedy, Jollibee

  • John Lorinc takes a look at the latest involved in the Quayside development, with turmoil at Sidewalk Labs. Spacing has it.
  • I am perplexed by this unsightly mooring of boats on a heavy trafficked beach like Woodbine. CBC reports.
  • Feed It Forward, a pay what you can grocery store in the Junction, is apparently still open. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Women on the Toronto comedy scene are organizing for the #metoo era. Buzzfeed has it.
  • Toronto’s only Jollibee restaurant is still attracting crowds. blogTO examines why, and how the restaurant manages the crush.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Bombardier, Quayside, intersections, Scarborough, raccoons

  • In the wake of the systematic welding faults in Bombardier’s streetcars delivered to the TTC, what can be said but that Bombardier is a terrible vendor? Ben Spurr reports for the Toronto Star.
  • This extended article by Nancy Scola at Politico of the immense Google operation at Quayside, its problems and its goals, is worth reading.
  • Many Toronto intersections, I can personally testify, are frightening. (The junction of Annette and Dupont with Dundas West comes to my mind.) The Toronto Star reports.
  • This Scarborough name sign does seem like it’d be fun to visit. NMOW Toronto reports.
  • Poor Toronto raccoons: Our food, scavenged by them, is making them ill. The National Post reports.