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[PHOTO] Looking northwest, Church and Wellesley

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Looking northwest, Church and Wellesley

In the afternoon light, the condo towers of the Yonge and Bloor area loom over Church and Wellesley. The northwest corner of this intersection is likewise set for a massive transformation, a condoization. This scene will not be here for much longer.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

[PHOTO] Looking west, rue de la Gauchetière and Mansfield, Montréal

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Looking west, rue de la Gauchetière and Mansfield

Written by Randy McDonald

March 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO notes an Instagram user from Toronto, @brxson, who takes stunning photos of the city from on high.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the limits of exoplanet J1407b’s massive ring system.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence that the primordial Martian atmosphere apparently did not have carbon dioxide.
  • Imageo notes that the California rivers swollen by flooding can be seen from space.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that American intelligence agencies are withholding sensitive information from a White House seen as compromised by Russian intelligence.
  • Language Hat talks about the best ways to learn Latin.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper observing a decline in inter-state migration in the United States.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at the interesting failure of a public sculpture program in the United Kingdom in the 1970s.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes the remarkable heat that has hit Australia in recent days.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on the intersection between space technology and high-tech fashion.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at how Argentina gave the Falkland Islands tariff-free access to Mercosur.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at the countries likely to be vulnerable to rapid aging.
  • Transit Toronto notes the Bombardier lawsuit against Metrolinx.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that poor Russian statistical data is leading directly to bad policy.

[PHOTO] Looking northwest, The Junction

Looking northwest, The Junction

Written by Randy McDonald

January 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm

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[PHOTO] Silver skyline, from the west

Silver skyline, from the west #toronto #highparknorth #skyline #skyscraper #cntower #night

Written by Randy McDonald

December 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

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[PHOTO] Seen from high above the Greater Toronto Area

My flight was as smooth departing Charlottetown as it was arriving in Toronto. I was able to take some lovely photos of the sprawling conurbation below as the plane arrived at Pearson, flying west across the city before circling around to the east on final approach.

The first photo in this series could have been better, with a broader view of the downtown and less of the plane’s wing. If I had taken it only a second earlier … This is something I’ll have to do on my next flight in, then.

Downtown Toronto and the Toronto Islands #toronto #torontoislands #aerial #flight #latergram

Looking back #toronto #torontoislands #aerial #flight #latergram #skyline

Green fields #toronto #aerial #flight #latergram #mississauga #green #fields

Suburbia #toronto #mississauga  #aerial #flight #latergram

On the ground #toronto #torontopearson #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “This city’s skyline is a doppelganger for Toronto”

blogTO’s Derek Flack reports on how Toronto’s skyline resembles Tehran’s.

The most recognizable feature of Toronto’s skyline isn’t a matter of debate. The CN Tower is both our most famous building and a navigational beacon that even longtime residents rely on to get their bearings on occasion. Take away this soaring landmark, and the city no longer looks like Toronto at all.

That’s why it’s so strange to look at images of certain Tehran’s skyline. If you squint your eyes, it can seem startlingly like Toronto thanks to the cranes that seem to continually cover the sky and the presence of the Milad Tower, a slightly shorter communications beacon that shares a number of traits with our local version.

Kuala Lumpur also has a structure that resembles the CN Tower, but it shares the skyline with the brighter Petronas Twin Towers, which diminishes the centrality of the the KL Tower. Other major observation/communications towers in cities like Seattle don’t really resemble the CN Tower in the first place.

Tehran’s tower is just over 100 metres shorter than our central landmark, but the resemblance is heightened by the disc on its top section, which is located around the same area where the Skypod is on the CN Tower. As a distant silhouette, the two structures are eerily similar (even if that can’t be said when they’re examined up close).

There is more, including the inevitable photos, at blogTO.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm