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[PHOTO] “The Pope and Doctor”

This sign advertises the parish pub of St. Vincent de Paul.

"The Pope and Doctor" #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #virginmary #stvincentdepaulchurch #door #sign

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2019 at 12:45 pm

[PHOTO] Virgin Mary, St. Vincent de Paul

This statue of the Virgin Mary outside St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church on lower Roncesvalles was serene.

Virgin Mary #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #dundasstreetwest #virginmary #statue #stvincentdepaulchurch

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm

[PHOTO] Map of west Toronto, 1868

This map, displayed at the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden parkette in the west-end neighbourhood of Roncesvalles, depicts territory that was–one year after the formation of Canada–still substantially rural. The map clearly shows the great arc of Dundas Street West as it curves north, avoiding what were then swamps and other lowlands and now substantially High Park, as well as the shallower curve of east-west artery Davenport Road to the northeast along the base of the escarpment marking the shoreline of the Ice Age’s Glacial Lake Iroquois.

These territories have all been transformed radically, densely urbanized and booming. Even the Humber River that was once a boundary has become an internal waterway of the City of Toronto, Etobicoke on the western side being part of the legal city.

Map of west Toronto, 1868 #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #dundasstreetwest #map #peacegarden #dundasroncesvallespeacegarden

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2019 at 11:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Ten Toronto links

  • blogTO reports that Presto machines on TTC vehicles are regularly falling out of service because they need to be emptied of coins, here.
  • CBC reports that Ontario Place might well accumulate a spa under Ford government auspices, here.
  • NOW Toronto argues that new Ford changes to social housing, including zero-tolerance on fighting, will worsen the plight of residents.
  • ACORN is leading a protest in Weston by tenants against allegedly neglectful landlords. CBC reports.
  • Residents of a Roncesvalles apartment block are contesting their landlord’s reclassification of their complex as a tourist-oriented property. The Toronto Star reports.
  • What will become of the Ontario Science Centre, 50 years old? The Toronto Star reports.
  • That average monthly rents for a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto are now hitting $C 2500 is terrifying. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Users of the Scarborough RT may find themselves riding buses instead of the RT (or a subway) for a good long while. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto is doing its best to preserve its biodiversity, particularly in its ravines. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Transit Toronto notes that, in exchange for Toronto accepting the Ontario Line, Ontario will not try to upload the TTC.

[PHOTO] Four photos of murals on Roncesvalles Avenue

Roncesvalles Avenue, the street at the heart of the west-end neighbourhood of Roncesvalles, stands out for its particular density in high-quality public art, the many huge murals lying in plain sight of all.

Mural after Norval Morrisseau on Garden Avenue just east on Roncesvalles, with bikes #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #gardenave #mural #publicart #bike #norvalmorrisseau

Mural on Wright Avenue just east on Roncesvalles, with bikes #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #wrightave #mural #publicart #bike #504king #streetcars

Mural on Roncesvalles opposite Dundas West, with bikes #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #dundasstreetwest #mural #publicart #bike #rowellsowell

Garage door rose, Roncesvalles below Grenadier Road #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #rose #garage #door #publicart #mural

Written by Randy McDonald

May 22, 2019 at 9:45 am

[PHOTO] Abandoned phone booth, Dundas west of Sorauren

Abandoned phone booth, Dundas west of Sorauren #toronto #roncesvalles #dundasstreetwest #abandoned #payphones

Written by Randy McDonald

May 16, 2019 at 8:45 am

[PHOTO] Nine photos of Robert Mapplethorpe’s The Outsiders and the Olga Korper Gallery

I went this afternoon to the Olga Korper Gallery, in a long-converted industrial space on Morrow Avenue in Roncesvalles just off Dundas Street West, to catch “The Outsiders”, an exhibit of several dozen photographic works of Robert Mapplethorpe selected from the perspective of exploring Mapplethorpe’s take on gender. The selection was acute; my friend and I had a great time talking about the perspectives Mapplethorpe represented in his works, the gazes that were exchanged or not and the items selected. The space, too, is gorgeous, a wonderful sort of post-industrial temple to the arts. I definitely recommend going to see this show while it is running, up to the 2nd of June.

Olga Korper Gallery (1) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture #loft

Detail, Patti Smith (1868), 1988 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #pattismith//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Olga Korper Gallery (2) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture #loft

Olga Korper Gallery (3) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture #loft

Detail, Terry Beans (412), 1980 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #terrybeans

Detail, Cookie Mueller (63), 1978 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #cookiemueller

Detail, Lisa Lyon (479), 1980 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #lisalyon

Detail, Claudia Sommers (402), 1980 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #claudiasommers

Olga Korper Gallery (4) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture

[PHOTO] Three graffitied walls: 2252, 2226, and 2113 Dundas Street West

Graffiti, north side of 2252 Dundas Street West #toronto #dundasstreetwest #roncesvalles #graffiti #latergram

Graffiti, north side of 2252 Dundas Street West #toronto #dundasstreetwest #roncesvalles #graffiti #latergram

Graffiti, north side of 2113 Dundas Street West #toronto #dundasstreetwest #roncesvalles #graffiti #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

April 17, 2019 at 8:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Kanagaratnam, Bloordale, Bloor and Dundas, Etobicoke, Bloor West

  • Fatima Syed and Wendy Gillis tell the story of Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam, a Sri Lankan Tamil whose failed application for refugee status in Canada after travelling on the MV Sun Sea led directly to his death at the hands of McArthur. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The developer hoping to transform the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin has opted to redesign the development following community criticism. CBC reports.
  • The sheer scale of the planned development on the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West is such that a new neighbourhood would come into being. Wow. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The plan for SmartTrack would leave the residents of an Etobicoke development next to a GO rail yard subject to terrible levels of noise and air pollution. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Is Bloor Street West going to become the next Yonge Street, an uninterrupted string of high-density development? Not without differences, at least. The Toronto Star looks at the issue.

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about change and construction and architecture and ports in the GTA

  • Brynn Aguilar in the Toronto Star reports on York Region police’s warning locals against climbing construction cranes.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail that the nice new Albion library, in Rexdale, looks a lot like Kew Gardens’ in Queens.
  • Alex Bozikovic, also in The Globe and Mail, argues Toronto must determine what it wants for Davisville Junior Public School. Will it stay, or go?
  • blogTO notes that laneway housing will soon be made that much easier to provide in the City of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on an ambitious new plan to redevelop a vast commercial space on the southeast of Dundas and Bloor, in north Roncesvalles.
  • John McLeod in NOW Toronto is critical of the latest real estate moves of a relatively unaccountable PortsToronto.