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[PHOTO] Ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park (#trinitybellwoods)

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I took ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park early on the afternoon of the 10th of May, walking south from Dundas Street West south towards the cherry blossoms by Queen West, The park was vivifying, becoming ever greener almost with every step I took.

Into Trinity Bellwoods from Dundas #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #dundasstreetwest #latergram

Monument to Portuguese Canadian volunteers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #monument #portuguesecanadian #latergram

Afternoon in the park #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Monument to the Caranguejeira pioneers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #portuguesecanadian #caranguejeira #migration #latergram

Turning green #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Towards Garrison Creek towards the CN Tower #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Pit #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Houses to the west #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #latergram

Green lawn #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Houses to the east #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #gorevaleavenue #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 10:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Lower Bay, housing, Villiers Island, Saigon Flower, Little Jamaica

  • blogTO reports on an upcoming concert scheduled for the TTC’s Lower Bay station on the 11th of March.
  • A new student residence for Ryerson University with prices actually comparable to prevailing rents for a studio apartment downtown seems like not the best solution to student housing issues. blogTO reports.
  • The upcoming formation of a new island, Villiers Island off the mouth of the Don, as part of the Port Lands renewal is very cool. blogTO reports.
  • Julien Gignac writes at the Toronto Star about the Saigon Flower, a Vietnamese restaurant on Queen Streeet West in the shadow of the Drake with an owner who refuses to sell. I have eaten there, and enjoyed it; I applaud her.
  • The disruption being inflicted on Little Jamaica, an enclave stretching along an Eglinton Avenue West being disrupted by Crosstown construction, is sad. Is there any alternative, though, if we want more transit? What can be done for the neighbourhood? The Toronto Star reports.

[PHOTO] Sixteen photos of art from Toronto Revealed, at the TD Gallery (#tdgallery)

As I promised yesterday, here is some more of the art that I saw at the TD Gallery’s Toronto Revealed exhibition. Although some of the works (paintings, today, mostly painted in oils) depicted scenes predating my arrival in Toronto or even my existence, like that showing the excavation of the Eaton Centre, most of the others were scenes that I recognized with delight from my daily life. One, of a nondescript gas station, was based on a location at most a lazy ten minutes’ walk from my home.

More details on the individual works–their names, their painters, their dates–can be found by clicking through to my Flickr page.

Crosswalk, Queen Street East, 2012 #toronto #tdgallery #davidmarshak #queenstreeteast #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Weston Bakery, Eastern Avenue, 2017 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #easternavenue #westonbakery #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Parkdale, Queen Street West 2010 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #queenstreetwest #parkdale #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Keele Street and Dundas Street West, 2011 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #keelestreet #dundasstreetwest #junction #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Eaton Centre Excavation, 1975 #toronto #tdgallery #walterjcoucill  #eatoncentre #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

November Rain, Bay and Dundas Streets, 2011 #toronto #tdgallery #catherinejeffrey #baystreet #dundasstreetwest #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Brushstrokes on Dundas Street, 1979 #toronto #tdgallery #michaelbinette #baystreet #dundasstreet #dundasstreetwest #dundasstreeteast #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Honest Ed's, 2015 #toronto #tdgallery #brentarlitt #honesteds #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Waiting for a Bargain, 1983 #toronto #tdgallery #rajkakupesic #honesteds #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Nassau Street, Looking Southeast Across Augusta #toronto #tdgallery #williamsherman #kensingtonmarket #nassaustreet #augustaave #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Cherry Street Hotel, 1978 #toronto #tdgallery #gerardlazare #cherrystreethotel #frontstreet #cherrystreet #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Bloor Street West, 1976 #toronto #tdgallery #carlosmarchiori #bloorstreet #bloorstreetwest  #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Queen Street West, near Simcoe Street, 1974 #toronto #tdgallery #leslietait #queenstreetwest #simcoestreet #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

77.5 cents, 2011#toronto #tdgallery #jerrycampbell #ossingtonave #dupontstreet #gasstation #seatonvillage #dovercourtvillage #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Nassau Street and Spadina Avenue 2011#toronto #tdgallery #rajeevsinghal #nassaustreet #spadinaavenue #chinatown #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Skyline from Riverdale Park, March 1977 #toronto #tdgallery #walterjacksoncoucill #skyline #riverdalepark #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

[PHOTO] Parkdale towers over Dufferin, Queen and Dufferin

Yesterday evening, I was standing on Queen just west of Dufferin, waiting for the 501 bus, when I looked to my northeast. I remember when there were no substantial condo tower there, way back when I used to live in Parkdale behind the Drake.

Parkdale towers over Dufferin #toronto #evening #blue #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest

Written by Randy McDonald

February 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Doug Ford, Parkdale development, TTC cell, Kaboom Chicken, 7/11

  • Aaron Hutchins reports on the potential of the upcoming Doug Ford campaign in Toronto to reveal the strength, or not, of populism in Canada.
  • Jesse Winter reports at The Globe and Mail on how the redevelopment of a warehouse at Queen and Dufferin, in Parkdale, is set to displace the artists and creators now based there.
  • Ben Spurr notes that, although the entire TTC now has cell service, only Freedom Mobile–not any of the big three–has signed a contract to let users take advantage of this, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO notes that the decision of restaurant Kaboom Chicken to blame price increases on the minimum wage increase has met with a negative reaction.
  • Narcity notes that some east-end 7/11 stores have shut down suddenly, apparently because of minimum wage increases.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: TTC noise, West Queen West taxes, terrorism, financial sector

  • Global News notes one report suggesting high levels of noise on the TTC could cause hearing loss.
  • Massive tax increases linked to development are now subjecting West Queen West to the possibility of being developed out of existence, at least for many of its businesses. blogTO reports.
  • This report suggesting architectural and other design changes to Toronto City Hall, to protect against terrorism, is saddening. The Toronto Star has it.
  • More than 7% of employment in Toronto is linked to the financial sector. Will this city become a truly major international hub, I wonder? The Globe and Mail reports.

[PHOTO] On the half house at 54 1/2 St. Patrick Avenue

Half a house, 54 1/2 St.Patrick Street (1) #toronto #grangepark #stpatrickstreet #house #oddities #54stpatrick

Half a house, 54 1/2 St.Patrick Street (2) #toronto #grangepark #stpatrickstreet #house #oddities #54stpatrick

Half a house, 54 1/2 St.Patrick Street (3) #toronto #grangepark #stpatrickstreet #house #oddities #54stpatrick

The strikingly halved house at 54 1/2 St. Patrick Avenue, lone survivor of what was a stretch of row houses on this street north of Queen Street West and just a couple minutes’ walk west from University Avenue, has received international attention, from sites like Atlas Obscura and Amusing Planet. In April of 2013, blogTO’s Chris Bateman explained how this building came to be and just how it managed to survive.

The row of houses was built between 1890 and 1893 on what was first Dummer Street, then William Street, then, finally, St. Patrick Street. The names of the roads in this part of the city area have been shuffled more than most: St. Patrick Street used to refer to the stretch of road that’s now part of Dundas west of McCaul; McCaul used to be William Henry Street, then West William Street, for example.

For much of its past the street was blighted by poverty. Early photos show severe faces, crumbling wall cladding, and backyards strewn with detritus. More recently the area between University and Spadina has been home to a large Chinese community.

Starting in 1957, most of the block bound by Queen, McCaul, St. Patrick, and Dundas Street was purchased in pieces by Windlass Holdings Ltd., the company that developed the Village by the Grange, sometimes using aggressive tactics to secure land deeds.

The owner of 54 St. Patrick Street – once part of the original terrace – complained to the Toronto Star that the company’s actions were “an extreme example of blockbusting,” claiming he had received over 300 directives on his property in a single year.

Despite some resistance, the owners of the homes sold up at different times, and the row was pulled down in pieces like tooth extractions. The sole-survivor pictured here was once in the third house in the row from the south – the similar buildings next door are a later addition built on top of a laneway.

Instead, the company demolished its neighbour to the north with surgical precision, ensuring not even the woodwork on the facade of the hold-out building was disturbed. An internal supporting wall became a blank exterior when the house next door came down.

Also in 2013, Patty Winsa wrote in the Toronto Star about the house from the perspective of its current owner.

The 120-year-old residence at 54 ½ St. Patrick St. bears the scars of a development battle.

The Victorian row house was awkwardly severed from its neighbour in the 1970s when the owners refused to sell, and it lacks the symmetry of another side.

It is literally “half a house,” says its current owner, Albert Zikovitz, laughingly from his adjacent office in the Cottage Life Magazine building. “Everybody looks at it.”

The house is one of a few single-family homes left on the densely packed street near Queen and University. But Zikovitz, who purchased the house last year after the owner went into a retirement home, says he won’t tear it down.

“I love the house,” says Zikovitz, who is president of the magazine. Plans are in the works this year to restore the exterior of the building and turn the interior into office space.

Work was being done on the house when I passed by Tuesday evening. Here’s to hoping this anomaly survives: the reflexive double-take of passersby is fun.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm