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[URBAN NOTE] Ten Toronto links

  • The vicious homophobia exhibited by TCDSB trustee Mike Del Grande is, IMHO, another reason to defund public Catholic education in Ontario. Global News reports.
  • The CCLV streetcars of the TTC are set to be pulled by the end of November. Global News reports.
  • The Scarborough Bluffs are set to see some worthwhile investment. blogTO reports.
  • CBC notes growth in food bank usage in Toronto and Mississauga.
  • Presto users are being mischarged based on GPS mistakes. CBC reports.
  • Renovictions have spiked 300% over the past four years. blogTO reports.
  • The cost of rent continues to grow in Toronto. blogTO reports.
  • A new project hopes to make Yonge and Eglinton less congested. The Toronto Star reports.
  • New regulations about Airbnb should make the real estate market easier for renters. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Owing to family request, a new street in Etobicoke will not be named after former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Global News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links

  • The Pilot, in Yorkville, celebrates its 75th anniversary as a venue. Global News reports.
  • Some immigrant businesspeople recently bought an old Toronto Hydro building in the north of the city as a shelter for immigrants. Global News reports.
  • The backlash against the proposed condo tower at Yonge and Eglinton branded by Pharrell Williams has been swift. blogTO reports.
  • Urban Toronto notes that a 13-story mixed-use building has been proposed for 888 Dupont Street, at the corner of Dupont and Ossington.
  • A TV crew in North York last week cancelled its shoot in North York, near the site of last year’s ramming attack on Yonge Street. CTV News reports.
  • A poster on r/Toronto noted last week the six-year anniversary of the admission of then-mayor Rob Ford that he smoked crack.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links; transit, Jane-Finch, Rob Ford, Riverdale Park East, beaches

  • The federal government will provide a billion dollars in funding to Toronto transit, including to Bloor-Yonge station and GO Transit. CBC reports.
  • The Jane-Finch anti-violence barbecue has celebrated its tenth anniversary. CBC reports.
  • blogTO notes that people in Toronto can vote for–or against–naming a new street in Etobicoke’s Six Points after Rob Ford.
  • blogTO reports on the joys of Riverdale Park East.
  • Shawn Micallef writes at the Toronto Star about what the city can do to make it easier for Torontonians to get to their city’s beaches.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC fare, Bathurst Street, express buses, murder, #FordNation

  • The TTC would like to increase fares by 10 cents a ride in the coming year, to help finance basic repairs and services. CityNews reports.
  • Facing public furor, Metrolinx has decided not to try to close off Bathurst Street at Eglinton for seven months to try to speed Eglinton Crosstown construction. Global News reports.
  • Steve Munro is critical of the TTC’s new express buses running on many major arteries, seeing them as mainly cosmetic in effect.
  • Wendy Gillis at the Toronto Star writes about the reactions, one year later, to the murders committed by the Church and Wellesley killer.
  • Richard Florida at CityLab summarizes the factors leading to the success of populist Ford Nation, first in Toronto and then in Ontario.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: walking on Yonge, Ford Country, Doug Ford, Finch West, Airbnb

  • John Lorinc considers walking in Toronto, on Yonge Street, in the wake of the van attack, over at Spacing.
  • This classic Toronto Life tour of “Ford Country”, the Toronto landmarks in the career of the Ford brothers, is quite relevant in this election year.
  • Royson James is quite right to note the limit of Rob Ford’s outreach towards black and other minority youth, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO reports on the start of construction of the Finch West LRT line. I sincerely hope it won’t be disrupted by election year change in the way the Eglinton subway was by the Harris government.
  • Sean Grisdale at Spacing notes the highly concentrated, and negative, impact of Airbnb on housing in downtown Toronto neighbourhoods.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Rob Ford, decolonizing art, Humber Bay bus, Don Valley art, crime

  • The National Post notes that Toronto city council voted against naming a stadium after the late Rob Ford.
  • blogTO notes that Humber Bay Shores wants to run a private neighbourhood bus service, for want of a TTC presence.
  • Andrew Hunter, former Canadian curator at the AGO, calls for a decolonization of art galleries across Canada.
  • Joanna Lavoie describes the concrete sculptures of Duane Linklater newly installed across the Don valley.
  • At Torontoist, Dennis Duffy reports on the 19th century criminal gangs once populating the Don Valley. Seriously.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Videoflicks, ghost service, Rob Ford football, parks, real estate

  • blogTO notes that video rental store Videoflicks, on Avenue Road, is set to close down.
  • The TTC, blogTO notes, has begun “ghost service” on its half-dozen new subway stations.
  • Edward Keenan thinks that we may as well name a football stadium after Rob Ford. Why not? If it makes Ford Nation feel better …
  • Spacing Toronto features John Lorinc looking at how community parks organizations, like at Ramsden, can exclude outsiders.
  • VICE notes on recent study suggesting the real estate market of Toronto is the most overvalued of world cities.