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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: home dioramas, public space, Perth-Dupont library, Pacific Mall, GO

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  • I am amused by these dioramas of tiny homes put together by Toronto artist Anita Bonfini. blogTO shares them.
  • This Torontoist article by Erin Davis examining the threads uniting the Bentway underneath the Gardiner with the Stackt warehouse at Front and Bathurst and King Street is exciting.
  • blogTO reports on the much-needed upgrade and expansion of the Perth-Dupont library to the west of my home, from narrow storefront to something larger and condo-based.
  • Victoria Gibson reports on the denials of York Region police that they overlook the sale of counterfeit goods at the Pacific Mall, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ben Spurr notes the desire of Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry to boost GO Transit use in her Cambridge riding, even though there are low rates of use there, over at the Toronto Star.
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[PHOTO] Eight photos from the New Baltimore Travel Plaza, New York

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Going to New York City and coming back, the Megabus stopped off at the New Baltimore Travel Plaza, one of the couple of dozen service areas maintained along the New York State Thruway system. This one, outside the Greene County town of New Baltimore not too far removed from the Hudson, south of Albany, particularly impressed. It was clean, had nice architecture (I have no outside photos, alas, as I was too concerned with eating to do that), and it introduced me to the Roy Rogers fast food chain. I ate something there on the way back, at some ungodly hour in the morning; I liked.

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Written by Randy McDonald

January 19, 2018 at 11:20 am

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: “Crane Girl”, stores, rent, King street, Eglinton, Etobicoke, more

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  • The story of Toronto’s “Crane Girl”, photographed stuck on a crane high above Wellesley Street, has come to an end with an absolute discharge. The National Post reports.
  • Alternative Thinking is unique among the stores once sheltered around Honest Ed’s in continuing to hang on. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto has desperate need of affordable rental housing for the masses. Torontoist takes a look at the NIMBYs opposing one much-needed project.
  • Steve Munro at Torontoist takes an extended look at the data from the King Street pilot streetcar project. Some metrics seem encouraging, but more data–and a longer period of testing–is needed.
  • I look forward to seeing the various public art projects which will be decorating the stations of the Eglinton Crosstown line. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The suggestion of Peter Apswoude at NOW Toronto that Etobicoke is trending towards more denser development, including an actual downtown, is encouraging for the evolution of that Toronto area.
  • CBC’s Matthew Braga takes a look at the implications of the involvement of Sidewalk Labs, of Google, in the development of Quayside for privacy rights. How much data will be given up, exactly?

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Basel, Montréal, United Kingdom, black America, Duisburg

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  • CityLab looks at the streetcar system of the Swiss city of Basel, which extends over national frontiers into France (Alsace) and Germany (Baden-Württemburg).
  • Global News suggests retail vacancies along rue Sainte-Catherine in Montréal reflects the impact of online shopping.
  • CityMetric suggests that the secondary cities of Britain, i.e. cities that aren’t the cosmopolis of London, are underperforming by the standards of their western European peers.
  • Fast Company examines how and why black entrepreneurship is taking off in the Southern cities of Memphis, Atlanta, and Alabama’s Montgomery.
  • Politico Europe notes that the German city of Duisburg, painfully transitioned from its industrial Ruhr past, has become a major node in China’s New Silk Road initiative.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Metrolinx, Yonge and Bloor, transitions, Fort York, U of T, churches

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  • Steve Munro finds much wrong with the idea of transit fare integration across the GTA through Metrolinx, over at his blog.
  • blogTO notes the possibility of a new Apple store, this one at Yonge and Bloor.
  • Christopher Hume notes that 2018 is going to be a year of many transitions for Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • An ancient First Nations arrowhead found at Fort York eighty years ago has been turned over to the city by the woman who found it. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Alex Bozikovic quite likes the architecture of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • I have been talking about the trend of converting old church buildings in downtown Toronto into condominiums for years, even sharing photos of conversions. Why not do this? The Globe and Mail describes this trend.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • At Antipope, Charlie Stross takes a look at the dystopian future we’ve created for ourselves with the help of Big Data.
  • Kambiz Kamrani at Anthropology net notes the discovery of an Ancient Beringian population involved in the peopling of the Americas.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait considers the awesome possibility of life on pulsar planets, i.e. on planets that survived or were made by a supernova.
  • Centauri Dreams suggests that dust, not ET artifacts, may explain the odd light coming from KIC 8462852, aka Boyajian’s Star.
  • Crooked Timber considers the surprisingly mixed emotions of unions regarding the idea of a guaranteed minimum income.
  • Far Outliers takes a look at the diverse non-German soldiers serving in occupied France in the Second World War.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas considers parallels between the mentality of Silicon Valley and totalitarianism.
  • Hornet Stories considers the questionable idea of a “gold star” or “platinum star” gay person. What, exactly, is being celebrated?
  • JSTOR Daily notes the gendered nature of the supermarket of mid-20th century North America.
  • Language Hat celebrates the establishment of Hakka as an official language in Taiwan, as does Language Log.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that the previous Oregon laws against self-service gas stations helped boost employment for the vulnerable.
  • Lingua Franca considers the concept of “ghosting”, linguistically at otherwise.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper examining how creativity has clustered in cities in the past.
  • Out There shares the arguments of Charles Miller for infrastructure to support crewed expansion and settlement in space, starting with the Moon.
  • Peter Rukavina talks about his last visit, with his son, to the Sears store in Charlottetown.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that 2018 may be the year we finally take a picture of a black hole, Sagittarius A* in the heart of our galaxy.
  • To what extent is history probabilistic? Understanding Society considers.
  • Window on Eurasia notes controversy in Siberia over Chinese investors who come in and disregard local sensitivities and regulations.

[PHOTO] Sixteen photos of the Pacific Mall (@thepacificmall)

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The Pacific Mall, on the north side of Steele’s Avenue in Markham just the other side of the street from Toronto proper, is one of the GTA’s best-known Chinese shopping malls. Twenty years old, it can still draw crowds late on a Friday evening.

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Written by Randy McDonald

January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am