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[URBAN NOTE} Six Toronto links: HQ2, social capital, ravines, Yonge/Bloor, Port Lands, Eastern Ave

  • CBC notes that Toronto probably did well by not getting picked as the home of the potentially overwhelming Amazon HQ2.
  • Happily, Toronto’s stockpile of social capital in different neighbourhoods does not seem to be diminishing. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Francine Kopun reports on the problems facing the ecologies of the Toronto ravine system, and how these parks might be helped, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO shares a series of photos of Yonge and Bloor, running more than eight decades up to 2005. (I miss that intersection.)
  • Urban Toronto notes how the development of the Port Lands is literally creating a new coastline for Toronto.
  • blogTO suggests that Eastern Avenue, east of the Don, is set to become the next development hotspot in Toronto.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • James Bow shares his story of how he met famed Canadian kid’s author Gordon Korman.
  • Paul Drye has sales on this month for his two books, space race WI book False Steps and his first, Passing Strangeness.
  • Far Outliers’ Joel notes two overlooked episodes of migration in Canada, of Hawaiians in British Columbia and Canadian exiles in Australia.
  • The Great Grey Bridge’s Philip Turner shared, again, his personal photo essay about his links to and love of Canada.
  • Language Hat looks at the potentially Australian slang phrase “good on you” (pronounced “good onya”, apparently).
  • Language Hat looks at claims that translation and grammar complicate the meaning of the text authorizing the handover of Hong Kong to China.
  • The LRB Blog announces that their #readeverywhere photo contest is up and running for July!
  • Cheri Lucas Rowlands shares a gorgeous photo essay of her trip to Chania, on Crete.
  • Unicorn Booty has an interesting essay looking at the barriers to membership imposed by gay culture on newly-out members of the community.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the cost of the Russian war in Ukraine and argues that the consequences of a crash now would be worse than in 1998.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Discover Magazine blog The Crux argues that rising rates of autism are an artifact of better diagnostics, not of an actual rising prevalence.
  • Crooked Timber’s Henry Farrell notes how Friedrich von Hayek’s prized capitalism above freedom, famously approving of Chile’s Pinochet.
  • Geocurrents describes plans for new canals crossing the Central American isthmus, on the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border, to supplement the Panama Canal.
  • The Global Sociology Blog examines the work of sociologist David Harvey on monopoly rent, noting how capitalism’s imperatives to establish a unified economy are at least troubled by the need to maintain local distinctiveness–brands, neighbourhoods, cities–which offers opponents a chance to challenge the established order.
  • Language Hat links (and discusses) the work of linguist William Labov, who managed to define to a remarkable degree the mechanics of language change–who, what, when, where, maybe even why–in a community.
  • Naked Anthropologist Laura Agustín criticizes the assumptions of Nicholas Kristof in his rescue of sex workers. (Are they really underage? Could this be the best alternative for them? Et cetera.) Diffcult, engagement-worthy stuff.
  • Slap Upside the Head notes that a half-baked challenge to New York’s same-sex marriage law based on the mechanics of meetings and whether or not they should be open was rejected. Good.

[DM] “Three demographics-themed links in the blogosphere”

I’ve a post up at Demography Matters linking to some interesting posts, one on Brazilian migration to the United States, the other on the stable and relatively high sex ratio of Siberia, the last on the sex trade and migration in Spain. Go, read.