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[NEWS] Four pop culture links: Moana and Maori pride, gay bookstores, a fake German beach, gay Trek

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  • io9 has an interesting article looking at how the success of Disney’s film Moana is driving Maori pride in New Zealand.
  • New Now Next lists eight of the top LGBTQ bookstores of North America and Europe, including Toronto’s Glad Day.
  • 24 hours on an artificial beach, sheltered under a hanger deep in east Germany, turns out to be quite fulfilling. VICE reports.
  • NOW Toronto notes that Star Trek: Discovery is a belated attempt to catch up with LGBTQ presence in pop culture.
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[PHOTO] Eleven photos of Eliot’s Bookshop, Toronto

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Eliot’s Bookshop, located the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley at 584 Yonge Street. Since my first visit to Toronto in 2002, and long before then for others, Eliot’s has been a centrepiece of Toronto’s used book market, the three stories of the building being packed with used books of all kinds spilling off their shelves. How sad, then, that rising property taxes on Yonge mean that Eliot’s will have to close up shop, the owner of the building and the bookstore hoping to find a more profitable business to take over his lease.

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Written by Randy McDonald

September 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

[NEWS] Five links about Amazon: HQ2 in Canada, US cities, Amazon Prime, monopolies, CamperForce

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  • Canadian cities could host Amazon’s HQ2, but at considerable cost. Affordable housing, say, would be an issue.
  • Conor Sen argues that Amazon’s HQ2 augurs an age of corporate diffusion beyond the largest centres.
  • Amazon Prime, Kaleigh Rogers notes, is hugely important for remote communities like those in the North. If it goes …
  • Stacy Mitchell notes how, after Whole Foods, Amazon seems set to monopolize the whole infrastructure of commerce.
  • Is Jessica Bruder’s story of CamperForce, Amazon’s RV-living army of elderly workers, a cheering story of triumph over adversity or a scary take on the future of work? I’m not sure.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on the Canadian struggle to land the second headquarters of Amazon

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  • CBC’s Pete Evans notes that Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax and Ottawa are all interested in landing Amazon’s HQ2.
  • David Rider in the Toronto Star notes that John Tory is pushing forward Toronto as home to Amazon’s HQ2, with its 50 thousand jobs.
  • Bloomberg View’s Conor Sen notes that Toronto is a strong candidate for Amazon’s HQ2, alongside cities like Atlanta and Boston.
  • Also in the Star, David Rider notes that ex-Amazon exec James Thomson is skeptical a crowded Toronto will land HQ2.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on Toronto: Doug Ford, parking garages, department stores, temp workers

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  • At Spacing, John Lorinc is rightly concerned with the impending Doug Ford run for the mayoralty.
  • Spacing takes a look at the futuristic parking garages of mid-20th century Toronto.
  • blogTO looks at the classic department stores of mid-20th century Toronto, at the apogee of this retail model.
  • This Toronto Star feature on the plight of temp workers in Toronto is upsetting. Is this the future we have made?

Written by Randy McDonald

September 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: Doug Ford, marijuana, Airbnb, Lower Don Trail

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  • Doug Ford is running for mayor in 2018, hoping to continue Rob’s legacy. (Doug was the more functional of the two.)
  • Toronto has cracked down successfully on a property owner in Cabbagetown using their buildings for Airbnb.
  • The Lower Don Trail is scheduled to reopen later this month, one year later than originally scheduled.
  • The LCBO will be the authorized seller of marijuana in Ontario. I think I largely support this: regulation matters.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • James Bow writes about the latest computer purchase he has made.
  • Far Outliers notes the scarily minimalist goals of the American occupation in early post-war Japan.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that The Nation is not exactly covering itself in glory with its pro-Putin coverage of late.
  • Drew Rowsome quite likes the new musical endeavours of Adore Delano.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how stars–and which stars–make elements heavier than iron.
  • Transit Toronto notes the impending partial resumption of streetcar service on Queen Street.