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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Berlin, Amsterdam, Istanbul

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  • What does the impending demolition of the venerable Union Carbide tower, at 270 Park Avenue, to make way for a new ultratall skyscraper say about changing New York City? New York reports.
  • The South China Morning Post observes how the cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, though still behind Hong Kong, are starting to advance past it as a result of these cities’ sustained investment in innovative technologies.
  • Aldi in Berlin will apparently build affordable student housing on top of at least some of its new discount food stores in Berlin. Bloomberg reports.
  • This VICE article looking at the lives of lonely people in Amsterdam, many newcomers, is affecting.
  • The Crisis Group looks at how Syrian refugees, of diverse ethnicities and religions, are finding a new home in the multiethnic Istanbul neighbourhood of Sultangazi.

[PHOTO] Two photos from the Upper West Side, New York City

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The Theodore Roosevelt Park that surrounds the American Museum of Natural History offers a grassy space with great uninterrupted sight lines.

North across Theodore Roosevelt Park #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #theodoreroosevelt #theodorerooseveltpark #uppereastside #latergram

Columbus Avenue, or Ninth, also offers passersby good views of distant things.

South down Columbus at West 77th #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #uppereastside #west77 #columbusave #columbusavenue #latergram

[URBAN NOTE] Six city links: skyscrapers, Queens, Montréal, Vancouver, Gangneung, Amsterdam

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  • CNN reports on the rise of slender skyscrapers, in New York City and elsewhere.
  • VICE notes how badly the temporary shutdown of the L line has been hurting the Queens neighbourhood of Astoria.
  • National Observer wonders what Montréal can do to be friendlier to seniors. (Being open to consulting broader demographics is a good start.)
  • Global News notes concerns in Vancouver that excessive condo development could block the view of the mountains surrounding that metropolis.
  • CBC reports on the South Korean city of Gangneung, a place that has become the locus of that country’s coffee culture.
  • VICE reports on the effect that licenses allowing nightclubs to operate 24 hours a day has had on nightlife in Amsterdam.

[PHOTO] West across the Don towards downtown Toronto

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After exiting a friend’s home on Broadview Avenue last night, I looked out to the west, over Riverdale Park and towards the skyline of downtown. The views from here, up on the eastern slopes of the Don Valley, can be incredible.

West across the Don #toronto #skyline #night #broadviewave #riverdalepark #donvalley

Written by Randy McDonald

February 13, 2018 at 9:15 am

[PHOTO] Financial District under winter fog, from Church and Richmond

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It was cold and wet yesterday, but not so cold that fog could not shroud the tips of the tallest towers in the Financial District. The northwest corner of Church and Richmond was a perfect vantage point for this scene.

Financial District under winter fog #toronto #financialdistrict #skyline #winter #fog #churchstreet #richmondstreet

Written by Randy McDonald

February 12, 2018 at 11:01 am

[PHOTO] Empire State Building disappearing into fog

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On the afternoon of Friday the 12th of January, 2018, anyone looking up at the top of the Empire State Building from a street-level position on West 34th Street just to its north would have seen the upper levels disappear into fog.

Empire State Building disappearing into fog #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #empirestatebuilding #skyscraper #tower #clouds #fog #west34thstreet #west34th #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

January 28, 2018 at 1:15 pm

[PHOTO] Towers of Mimico as seen from Humber Bay Park

Towers of Mimico #toronto #humberbaypark #skyline #mimico #lakeshoreblvd #condos #towers #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 7, 2017 at 8:15 am