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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Doug Ford, Labyrinth, SmartTrack, night planning, Toronto Islands

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  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford positions himself as an ally to the black community of Toronto, and how this has hardly been non-problematic, here>.
  • Annex comic store Labyrinth is set to close, alas. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The SmartTrack plan for more commuter rail put forth by the mayor could cost an extra quarter-billion dollars. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that, like other cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin, Toronto needs to do a better job of planning for the night. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Toronto Guardian shares some lovely vintage photos of the Toronto Islands, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Canada city links: Hamilton, London, Montréal

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  • This older CBC article looking at how many Torontonians, seeking affordable housing, are moving to Hamilton and in so doing transforming that city, is still very worthwhile.
  • The question facing Hamilton city council, of how it will handle LRT funding given a Ford government, is pressing. Global News reports.
  • $C 11 billion in funding for the first phase of a high-speed rail link between Toronto and London, via Kitchener-Waterloo, is nice. If only Wynne gets re-elected. Global News reports.
  • I wish Montréal mayor Valérie Plante luck in her effort to bring major-league baseball back to her metropolis. Global News reports.
  • Robert Everett-Green’s take on Montréal as it is often depicted, as an idyllic mess, is worthy of note if perhaps not agreement. The Globe and Mail has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: pandas, rail, transit funding, real estate, police

  • CBC, among others, bids goodbye to the pandas of the Toronto Zoo, here.
  • blogTO notes the extended hours of operation of the Union-Pearson Express and of the GO Transit rail network.
  • Steve Munro is not impressed by the extra funding given to Toronto transit for a few reasons.
  • May Warren notes that four thousand people applied for a lottery for 59 affordable units in Regent Park, over at the Toronto Star.
  • The Toronto Star notes that John Tory has called for a limited external review of police in the context of the Church-Wellesley disappearances.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Hamilton, London, Detroit and Windsor, Vancouver

  • Toronto Life takes a look at the new Aaniin community centre in Markham.
  • The Tower, an anarchist centre in Hamilton, got vandalized in turn after a spate of pointless anarchist vandalism on Locke Street. CBC reports.
  • Will the city of London get plugged into a high-speed rail route? One only hopes, and in the interim, one plans. Global News reports.
  • Making the border crossing between Detroit and Windsor a model for Ireland post-Brexit is a terrible idea. CBC reports.
  • Can Vancouver help solve the problem of housing for the young, including students, by having them rent rooms from compatible older folks? Global News examines the proposal.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Yonge-Dundas Square, mass transit, book sales

  • Some criticism of Yonge-Dundas Square may be merited, but I think it might be a bit too harsh. What we need is more seating on the square itself. Metronews carries it.
  • Humber Bay Shores is a lovely booming neighbourhood, but it really does need much better public transit options. For starters. The Toronto Star examines the neighbourhood.
  • Steve Munro has some more questions about Metrolinx planning in the GTA.
  • The Smarttrack solution proposed by Mayor John Tory may not be popular among some people in Scarborough. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The upcoming massive book sale at the Toronto Reference Library is one I will be paying attention to. blogTO reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: new rail stations, neighbourhood voergrown, Myseum, The Ward

  • Steve Munro takes a look at designs for new Smarttrack and GO Transit stations.
  • While it’s good that the population of Toronto is growing so strongly, that so much of the growth is concentrated in underserviced neighbourhoods is a problem. The Toronto Star reports.
  • In some neighbourhoods, new construction means some parents can’t send their children to local schools. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto profiles the Intersections program of pop-up museum Myseum, looking at gentrification and other change in neighbourhoods.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Chris Bateman uses old census data to identify a young girl and her brother photographed in 1913 in the now-vanished Ward.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Metrolinx, police and Pride, Freeman Formalwear,, BMO, Bentway

  • Steve Munro reports on the latest report about upcoming Metrolinx stations.
  • Understandably, the Church and Wellesley serial killer investigation is making the efforts of Toronto police to march in Pride problematic. (As it should.) The Globe and Mail reports.
  • blogTO notes that the old Freeman Formalwear building on 556 Yonge, just below Wellesley, has been demolished following a fire.
  • The Bank of Montreal is going to transform a huge chunk of the old Sears store in the Eaton Centre, southwest of Yonge and Dundas, into an urban campus employing thousands. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The Bentway, underneath the Gardiner, is set to become a public art space. The Globe and Mail reports.