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[PHOTO] Traffic on the Gardiner past IKEA Etobicoke

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Traffic on the Gardiner past IKEA #toronto #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #gardinerexpressway #islingtoncitycentrewest

It’s probably not by chance that IKEA Etobicoke is located just a few minutes’ walk west on the Queensway from Toronto’s last Zellers, the one I first visited June 2015 and then again, with my parents, in November 2017. Commercial real estate in south Etobicoke is substantially cheaper than in many other parts of Toronto. Still, I can’t help but see something symbolic in the siting of a new successful store in a world-famous chain so close to the last remnant of a failed Canadian chain.

The views offered from the IKEA restaurant of the Gardiner Expressway to the south are amazing. Well-planned, IKEA, well-planned.


Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

[PHOTO] Nineteen photos of the Kipling-Queensway Mall and its Zellers (#zellers)

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When my parents recently visited Toronto, one place we decided to visit was Toronto’s last Zellers. My June 2015 post describing my visit to south Etobicoke’s Kipling-Queensway Mall and its time-stranded Zellers is one of the most popular posts on my blog, and the subject remains of interest to Torotonians at large. The first photo in this series was featured in a post at r/toronto.

I’m glad that the mall is still around, in all of its vintage 1970s or 1980s glory. The comparison the reditor made with the Galleria Mall is, I think, pretty head-on: this is an enclave of shopping culture in Toronto that has survived generations. I’m also glad the Zellers is still around, still active if only as a place the HBC can send old discounted clothes. The Zellers brand was iconic for my generation, and there really are some good deals here. (Be warned, mind, that the sizes tend towards the small.)

At the Kipling-Queensway Mall (1) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #shoppingmall

At the Kipling-Queensway Mall (2) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #shoppingmall

At the Kipling-Queensway Mall (3) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #shoppingmall

At the Kipling-Queensway Mall (4) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #shoppingmall

At the Kipling-Queensway Mall (5) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #shoppingmall

At the Kipling-Queensway Mall (6) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #shoppingmall

At Zellers (1) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (2) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (3) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (4) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (5) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (6) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (7) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (8) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (9) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (10) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (11) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (12) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

At Zellers (13) #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #kiplingqueensway #zellers

Written by Randy McDonald

November 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] The patriotic blue and gold, among others

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The patriotic blue and gold, among others #toronto #ikea #ikeaetobicoke #flags #ontario #canada #sweden

I visited IKEA’s Etobicoke store yesterday with my visiting parents, down at Kipling and Queensway not far from the Gardiner. There, the Swedish flag was flying proudly alongside the flags of Ontario and Canada.

By happy coincidence, yesterday happened to be Gustavus Adolphus Day, an event commemorating the Swedish king of that day celebrated in the former realms of the Swedish empire.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

[NEWS] Three links on Canada and globalization: Harper on NAFTA, Miniso, used clothing exports

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  • MacLean’s takes apart the very bad advice of Stephen Harper to Canada over NAFTA and trade negotiations.
  • MacLean’s notes that Japanese discount retailer Miniso may undermine the local hegemony of Dollarama.
  • East Africa is starting to clamp down on North American exports of used clothes, to promote their industry. CBC reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 31, 2017 at 10:00 pm

[PHOTO] Some lobster-related merchandise at the Cavendish Boardwalk, PEI

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Some lobster-related merchandise #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #cavendishboardwalk #lobster #tshirt #caps #candy #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Crux considers the idea that lower food consumption can lead to greater longevity.
  • D-Brief notes an English field of barley grown entirely by robots.
  • Language Hat wonders if Brexit means that EU English will start to diverge from the norms of the United Kingdom.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares an article taking issue with sports fans’ treatment of players.
  • The LRB Blog notes that Nicaragua has signed up to climate-change accords, leaving only the United States.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a new atlas of the Irish Revolution.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that the economy of Turkey is doing surprisingly well.
  • The Planetary Society Blog takes a look at the sorts of technology needed to survive on Mars.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, for their detection of gravitational waves.
  • Towleroad shares Mashrou’ Leila’s condemnation of Egyptian authorities for arresting people waving the rainbow flag.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes, in passing, the hard work needed to keep artificial intelligences from being racist.
  • Arnold Zwicky links to an interactive map of the bookstores of San Francisco.

[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.