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[PHOTO] Boarding zone for the Union-Pearson Express, Toronto Pearson

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Boarding zone #toronto #mississauga #torontopearson #unionpearsonexpress #rail #architecture

Written by Randy McDonald

October 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm

[PHOTO] Four photos of the Kipling GO Station

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The Kipling GO Station, attached by a short tunnel to the Kipling TTC station at the westernmost end of the Bloor-Danforth line, looks rather impressive late at night, illuminated in the middle of an Etobicoke that has not quite condensed into a high-rise neighbourhood. The long sight lines are impressive.

Kipling GO Station (1) #toronto #etobicoke #kiplingstation #kiplinggostation #gotransit #rail #wires #skyline

Kipling GO Station (2) #toronto #etobicoke #kiplingstation #kiplinggostation #gotransit #rail #wires #skyline

Kipling GO Station (3) #toronto #etobicoke #kiplingstation #kiplinggostation #gotransit #rail #wires #skyline

Kipling GO Station (4) #toronto #etobicoke #kiplingstation #kiplinggostation #gotransit #rail #wires #skyline

Written by Randy McDonald

October 18, 2019 at 10:15 am

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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes that mysterious Boyajian’s Star has nearly two dozen identified analogues, like HD 139139.
  • James Bow reports from his con trip to Portland.
  • Caitlin Kelly at the Broadside Blog notes the particular pleasure of having old friends, people with long baselines on us.
  • Centauri Dreams describes a proposed mission to interstellar comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov).
  • The Crux notes how feeding cows seaweed could sharply reduce their methane production.
  • D-Brief notes that comet C/2019 Q4 is decidedly red.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes a claim that water-rich exoplanet K2-18b might well have more water than Earth.
  • Gizmodo reports on a claim that Loki, biggest volcano on Io, is set to explode in a massive eruption.
  • io9 notes that Warner Brothers is planning a Funko Pop movie.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the claim of Donald Trump that he is ready for war with Iran.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how people in early modern Europe thought they could treat wounds with magic.
  • Language Hat considers how “I tip my hat” might, translated, sound funny to a speaker of Canadian French.
  • Language Log considers how speakers of Korean, and other languages, can find word spacing a challenge.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the partisan politics of the US Supreme Court.
  • At the NYR Daily, Naomi Klein makes a case for the political and environmental necessity of a Green New Deal.
  • Peter Watts takes apart a recent argument proclaiming the existence of free will.
  • Peter Rukavina tells how travelling by rail or air from Prince Edward Island to points of the mainland can not only be terribly inconvenient, but environmentally worse than car travel. PEI does need better rail connections.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog examines how different countries in Europe will conduct their census in 2020.
  • Window on Eurasia shares the arguments of a geographer who makes the point that China has a larger effective territory than Russia (or Canada).
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell looks at a 1971 prediction by J.G. Ballard about demagoguery and guilt, something that now looks reasonably accurate.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers models of segregation of cartoon characters from normal ones in comics.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Kingston, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Paris, Gibraltar, Brazzaville

  • Kingston is experiencing a serious housing crisis, exacerbated by the return of students to such educational institutions as Queen’s. Global News reports.
  • CBC looks at how, on the eve of the federal election, issues like cost of living are big even in relatively affordable Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
  • CityLab looks at controversy in Paris over the reconstruction of the Gare du Nord station, here.
  • Vice shares photos of Gibraltar on the eve of Brexit, here.
  • Guardian Cities shares photos of the wordless images advertising shops in the city of Brazzaville, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: NYC and Montréal, Thunder Bay, Rouyn-Noranda, California City …

  • Thanks to John for sharing me this review, by The Points Guy, of the apparently underwhelming Amtrak Adirondack track connecting New York City and Montréal. We deserve better.
  • Sean Marshall shares, among other places at TVO, an account of the complex and roundabout grid of rail and bus routes he needed to take to get from Toronto to Thunder Bay.
  • Graham Isador writes for CBC Arts about how the Québec mining town of Rouyn-Noranda became host to a major music festival.
  • Wired reports on the deserted streets of California City, a metropolis proposed into existence in the mid-20th century that never took off.
  • Can, as Bloomberg suggests, the property reforms that made it possible for people in Singapore to have secure homes be implemented in Hong Kong?

[PHOTO] Back at Union Station

I am back in Toronto fter a thoroughly enjoyable four-day vacation in Québec. More on that later. For now, see what I saw after I disembarked onto the VIA Rail platform at Union Station last night.

Back at Union Station (1) #toronto #unionstation #rail #viarail #platform

Back at Union Station (2) #toronto #unionstation #rail #viarail #platform

Back at Union Station (3) #toronto #unionstation #rail #viarail #platform

Written by Randy McDonald

September 10, 2019 at 10:15 am

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[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about cities: trains, climate change, allergies, India, fires, Midwest map

  • MTL Blog looks at the proposal for a sleeper train connecting Montréal and New York City. (Can Toronto get one too, please?)
  • Lauren Pelley reports for CBC about how climate change leads, through increased pollen production, to worse allergies for residents of cities in Canada.
  • Guardian Cities reports that the fires in Alaska, too, outside of Anchorage, are things that dwellers of cities will have to get used to.
  • The heat island effect, CityLab warns, will be a major threat to life in the cities of India.
  • CityLab does an interesting crowdsourced map, tracing the boundaries of the American Midwest.