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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Berlin, Amsterdam, Istanbul

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  • What does the impending demolition of the venerable Union Carbide tower, at 270 Park Avenue, to make way for a new ultratall skyscraper say about changing New York City? New York reports.
  • The South China Morning Post observes how the cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, though still behind Hong Kong, are starting to advance past it as a result of these cities’ sustained investment in innovative technologies.
  • Aldi in Berlin will apparently build affordable student housing on top of at least some of its new discount food stores in Berlin. Bloomberg reports.
  • This VICE article looking at the lives of lonely people in Amsterdam, many newcomers, is affecting.
  • The Crisis Group looks at how Syrian refugees, of diverse ethnicities and religions, are finding a new home in the multiethnic Istanbul neighbourhood of Sultangazi.
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[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: TTC, Sonja Bata, St. Lawrence Market, Yorkville, Bloor Street West

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  • blogTO shares, from r/Toronto, a fantastic map imagining a Toronto densely covered with all sorts of mass transit routes, from subways and streetcars down to ferries. Beautiful.
  • This city ombudsman’s inquiry as to why TTC fare inspectors seemingly assaulted a black teen is certainly needed. CBC reports.
  • The recent death of Sonja Bata, among other things founder of the excellent Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, has been noted locally. Global News reports.
  • Delayed by archeological work, the North Building at St. Lawrence Market is projected to cost in excess of 100 million dollars. The Toronto Star reports.
  • A proposed new condo tower on Yorkville’s Prince Arthur Avenue, projected to rise nearly two dozen stories in a definitely avant-garde style, is unpopular among future neighbours. CBC reports.
  • At Toronto Storeys, Christopher Hume considers facadism. When does it work? Where has it worked in Toronto?
  • At NOW Toronto, Samantha Edwards takes a look at six new housing developments along Bloor Street West, stretching from Jane through High Park North all the way to Dufferin.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Canada links: Ontario golf and sales tax, Goderich, Winnipeg, Vancouver

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  • TVO notes that municipally-operated gold courses are apparently commonplace in Ontario. Should cities divest of these, freeing up land and cost for other better uses?
  • The idea of municipal sales taxes seems like something that should get implemented in Ontario cities, yet few seem willing to move on this. The Toronto Star examines the issue.
  • CBC reports on how the small southern Ontario town of Goderich managed to accumulate 18 family doctors, thanks to a concerted and planned effort to recruit new physicians.
  • Global News takes a look at some of the ghost signs of Winnipeg, legacies of an early commercial era.
  • Terry Glavin at MacLean’s suggests that the government of British Columbia might finally be taking steps to ensure affordable real estate options in Metro Vancouver.

[URBAN NOTE] Four city links: New York City, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Saskatoon and Regina

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  • The landlord who destroyed the 5Pointz warehouse in New York City, for real estate development, despite the importance of its graffiti, has been ordered to compensate the art’s creators almost seven million dollars. VICE reports.
  • Pittsburgh’s model of urban renaissance, based on heavy investment in high-tech and education, is still used as a model for cities everywhere. Bloomberg View has it.
  • Vancouver has announced plans to remove viaducts and to replace them with towers and park space. Global News reports.
  • Saskatoon and Regina, the two leading cities of Saskatchewan, are leading Canada in terms of growth. Global News reports.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • David Shane Lowry at anthro{dendum} considers the extent to which implicit policies of eugenics, determining whose survival matters and whose do not, exist in the 21st century in an era of climate change.
  • Kambiz Kamrani at Anthropology.net takes issue with the contention of Richard Goss that Neanderthals became extinct because they lacked the physical coordination necessary to be good hunters or good artists.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes that the Chixculub asteroid impactor 66 million years ago created a tectonic shock worldwide that made things worse, the effects of the impact winter being worsened by massive induced volcanic activity.
  • D-Brief shares the story of a British man whose chronic pain was relieved by a swim in icy-cold winter waters.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports that China may well be on track to building the first exoscale computer, first in the world.
  • Hornet Stories notes that out Olympic athlete Eric Radford is the first to win a gold medal.
  • JSTOR Daily engages with an old conundrum of economists: why are diamonds more expensive than water?
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money examines how urban Native Americans tend to have insecure housing, being on the margins of the real estate market in cities and without options in their home reserves. This surely also is the case in Canada, too.
  • Lucy McKeon at the NYR Daily writes about all the photographs she has never seen, images that she has only heard descriptions of.
  • Drew Rowsome notes the reappearance of queer theatre festival Rhubarb at Buddies in Bad Times, with shows starting tomorrow.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that the Trump administration’s proposed budget for NASA in FY2019 will gut basic science programs.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the emergence of a survivalist subculture in Russia, following somewhat the pattern of the United States.
  • Arnold Zwicky starts from noting a sample of a rap song in a Mountain Dew commercial and goes interesting places in his latest meditations.

[URBAN NOTE] Six city links: California, Toronto, Vancouver, Saint John, LA, NYC, Philadelphia

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  • Wired notes a bill proposed at the state level in California to force cities to provide affordable and accessible housing through non-NIMBY zoning.
  • The Toronto and Vancouver housing markets, perhaps uniquely among the markets of Canada’s major cities, are not seeing as much new supply as others. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • The population of Saint John, New Brunswick, has fallen by a quarter since 1971. The city government wants to change this, somehow. Global News notes.
  • VICE reports a new census of homelessness in Los Angeles, amid fears of locals that prior estimates might be undercounts.
  • The mystery of what happened to Princess Pamela, a famous soul food cook whose Harlem restaurant was famous to those in the know, is explored in this thought-provoking essay.
  • At Slate, Annie Risemberg explores how old connections to Liberia and ethnic restaurants helped a corner of southwestern Philadelphia become “Little Africa”, a destination of note for West African immigrants.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: CN Tower, land transfer tax, mass transit, Tool Library, Pickering

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  • Toronto Life shares twelve photos of the CN Tower taken at different points during its 1970s construction.
  • blogTO also shares some CN Tower construction photos.
  • Torontoist notes the warning of real estate agents that continuing to rely on the land transfer tax, without other revenue sources, is a problem for the budget of the city.
  • Jennifer Pagliaro notes at the Toronto Star that updated projections for the cost of the Scarborough subway extension won’t be released until after the election. (I bet they will be leaked beforehand.)
  • blogTO shares a series of maps imagining what the map of Toronto could have looked like had the city followed through on the many plans for transit expansion that it has since dropped.
  • The Toronto Tool Library, due to unforeseen circumstances, is at risk of closing unless its crowdfunding efforts succeed. blogTO reports.
  • Michelle Adelman notes at NOW Toronto that plans of evacuations in the event of a catastrophe at a nuclear plant in the GTA, particularly Pickering just east of Scarborough, need updating.