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[URBAN NOTE] Ten Montréal links

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  • La Presse notes the restoration of the old Archambault sign to its location at Sainte-Catherine and Berri. (I am reminded of the Sam the Record Man sign in Toronto.)
  • HuffPostQuebec notes that some of the strings of balls from 18 nuances de gai are up for sale.
  • Expelling Hong Kong activists from the Montréal pride parade should not have been done. CBC Montreal reports.
  • Camillien-Houde Way, on Mount Royal, will become more difficult for cyclists with the removal of a traffic light. CTV reports.
  • Les Forges de Montréal, heritage to the city’s blacksmithing tradition, has been saved. Global News reports.
  • Historian Desmond Morton, of McGill, has died. CBC Montreal reports.
  • The City of Montréal is trying to fight against food insecurity. CBC Montreal U>reports.
  • Craig Desson at CBC Montreal reports on the lasting legacy of Moshe Safdie and Habitat 67, and the replication of this prefabricated concrete model in rising Asia.
  • Actions of clients are the leading causes of delays on the Metro. CBC Montreal reports.

[PHOTO] Window of bric-a-brac, Armstrong at Dufferin

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This window of an abandoned shop, on Armstrong at Dufferin, has been the same since at least 2015, abandoned porcelains looking forlornly out. What change have they seen outside?

Window of bric-a-brac, Armstrong at Dufferin #toronto #wallaceemerson #dufferinstreet #armstrongavenue #window #ceramics #bricabrac #abandoned

Written by Randy McDonald

August 27, 2019 at 8:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Hamilton, Montréal, Lorain, Buenos Aires, Jakarta

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  • Tensions between the LGBTQ communities of Hamilton and the police remain high. Global News reports.
  • The federal government will be providing funding for the new Great West Park of Montréal. CTV News reports.
  • CityLab looks at the hometown of Toni Morrison, the Ohio community of Lorain, here.
  • Guardian Cities looks at the question of how, or whether, a Buenos Aires slum should become an official neighbourhood, here.
  • Guardian Cities reports on a small neighbourhood, Cosmo Park, built on top of a shopping mall in Jakarta, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Hillsborough, Derry, Paris, Mecca

  • La Presse looks at the challenges facing changing Lachine-Est, here.
  • The small New Brunswick town of Hillsborough may lose its only grocery store. Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities looks at the vexed question of how, or if, the Northern Ireland city of Derry should celebrate its political murals.
  • Guardian Cities notes that Paris will soon host a substantial rooftop farm.
  • Tom van Laer and Elif Izberk-Bilgin at The Conversation explain why reviews of facilities in holy cities, like Mecca, tend to be so inflated.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Zellers, Dufferin Mall, Toronto Islands, Japan, Guild Park

  • Narcity notes the sad news that the last Zellers stores in Canada, including the one in Etobicoke, will be closed by January 2020.
  • Tanya Mok at blogTO looks at the successes of the Dufferin Mall.
  • blogTO looks at the William Meany Maze on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jamie Bradburn writes of the early history of Japanese restaurants in Toronto.
  • Melanie Zettler at Global News writes about the history of the Guild Park and Gardens, in Scarborough.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Hamilton, Québec City, San Jose, Tehran, Hong Kong

  • Real estate in Hamilton, Ontario, is quite affordable by GTA standards. Global News reports.
  • Québec City has a new farmer’s market to replace an old. CBC reports.
  • San Jose, California, is set to embark on a grand experiment in cohousing, CityLab reports.
  • These vast abandoned apartment blocks in the desert outside of Tehran speak of economic underperformance, to say the least. Messynessychic has it.
  • Now that Hong Kong has not just competition from other cities in China but is finding itself outmatched by the likes of Shenzhen and Shanghai, the city-state’s bargaining power is accordingly limited. The SCMP reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Artscape, PoP Shoppe, Funhouse,

  • Tanya Mok at blogTO looks at Artscape Weston Common.
  • Jamie Bradburn looks at the heyday of the PoP Shoppe, a late 1970s chain specializing in different kids of soda drinks.
  • Toronto Life reports on the Funhouse experience created inside an old Buddhist temple off Queen Street West.
  • blogTO notes that, at least so far as absolute numbers are concerned, Toronto is the fastest-growing city in the United States and Canada.
  • Toronto Life reports on a home in the Annex that was sold a decade and a half ago at three hundred thousand and just now went for 1.5 million.