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[PHOTO] Thirteen photos of Ossington between Queen and Dundas

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The Jane’s Walk tour of the Ossington strip north from Queen to Dundas took us past many sites, from street art to trendy bars to hip charchuteries to, even, intersections I once lived near, with the Portuguese and Vietnamese legacies of this neighbourhood still apparent at places.














Written by Randy McDonald

May 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

[PHOTO] Parkdale fire escape, Queen Street West

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Walking east on Queen Street West in Parkdale on Sunday, I passed a tallish apartment building with a wrought metal fire escape zigzagging down the side. The quality of the light was superb.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Mixed reviews for plan to replace Queen streetcars with buses”

The Toronto Star‘s Peter Goffin reports on the online response to the TTC’s plan to close down the Queen streetcar line this summer.

The TTC’s announcement that it will replace streetcars with buses during repairs to Queen St. this summer has jumpstarted conversation on social media.

Facebook and Twitter were flooded Wednesday morning with Torontonians bemoaning the change to their commute, criticizing the timing, and complaining about the construction projects that are causing the conversion.

Some were worried that putting more buses on the road would create more pollution.

“Buses are more harmful for the environment than streetcars, as streetcars run on electricity and not fuel,” wrote TJ Phelan on Facebook.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “TTC to replace 501 Queen streetcar with buses all summer”

Global News’ David Shum describes how, this summer, the Queen streetcar line will be replaced by buses.

For the first time in TTC history, transit riders will have to make due with buses along the entire 501 Queen streetcar route this summer.

From May 7 to Sept. 3, streetcars will not be travelling the busy corridor due to a number of construction projects.

“Because of a number of construction projects along Queen Street that would disrupt regular streetcar service, it was decided that replacing them with buses would allow for a better customer experience in the short-term,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said.

In total, 65 buses will be replacing 27 streetcars from the Neville Loop in the east end to the Long Branch loop in Etobicoke.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Finally – free WiFi in Toronto is coming to Queen West”

Michelle Da Silva’s brief article in NOW Toronto notes that Queen Street West in Toronto will finally get some free public WiFi–indeed, already has it. Now for the rest of Toronto to follow suit!

Accessing free WiFi in Toronto can often mean ducking into a McDonalds, Starbucks or other fastfood chains. In “world class” cities, such as Tel Aviv, New York City, Seoul, Barcelona, Bangalore and Osaka, free Internet access is readily available everywhere.

The neighbourhood of West Queen West is hoping to change that. Starting February 23, anyone walking along Queen West between Niagara and Markham streets will be able to access free WiFi by logging onto FREE WQW WI-FI.

The service is being offered by the West Queen West BIA and Besify, a Markham-based Internet firm. This stretch of Queen West marks the first phase of a project. Rob Sysak, executive director of the WQW BIA, says that phase two of the project, which includes Queen West between Gladstone and Dovercourt, will launch in March.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm

[PHOTO] Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), on metal

Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), on metal

The first appearance of Spider-Man, in the August 1962 issue of Marvel comic anthology Amazing Fantasy, was printed on metal and sold as a sort of poster at Queen West store Rusteak.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] On the shortened 501 Queen streetcar route

blogTO notes that construction will make the 501 Queen a rather shorter route this coming year.

The 501 streetcar spent much of 2016 avoiding a portion of Queen Street West, between Spadina and Shaw, thanks to construction. While there were shuttle buses on route, many riders chose to take the detour, which brought streetcars down along King Street West.

That portion of the route has reopened, but for most of 2017, the TTC will replace the western part of the 501 – past Roncesvalles Avenue – with buses.

“Starting Jan. 8, and throughout 2017, buses will replace streetcars on the portion of the 501 Queen route west of Roncesvalles Ave. to accommodate City of Toronto work on the Queensway Bridge, TTC streetcar track and overhead work, and the renewal of the Humber Loop,” reads a note on the TTC website.

The TTC note is here.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm