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[PHOTO] Seven photos of the underside of the Spadina Road bridge, and more

Passing underneath the Spadina Road bridge over the Nordheimer Ravine reveals, on the concrete underpinnings, surfaces dense with graffiti dating back perhaps two years. The ending of the trail to the southeast of this location, in Royston Park, is much more sedate and green in the foreground.


















Written by Randy McDonald

August 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

[PHOTO] Global Guest House, for sale

Global Guest House, for sale

The for sale sign on the front of the Global Guest House on lower Spadina Road, just north of Bloor, fit with the grey ambiance of Sunday.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

Posted in Photo, Toronto

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[URBAN NOTE] On my three Jane’s Walks

Especially if you include my Friday visit to the Jane at Home exhibit, this weekend has really been one dominated by the legacies of Jane Jacobs. As my aching feet remind me, this Jane’s Walk weekend I did three different walks, each taking me around a different part of my broader neighbourhood.

I will be posting more from these walking tours later, photos mostly.

[PHOTO] Eight photos from the Steps of Old Lake Iroquois

My Dupont Street lies south of Davenport Road, which lies at the bottom of the escarpment that marks the ancient shoreline of Glacial Lake Iroquois. This, an Ice Age version of Lake Ontario distended by the ice dam that prevented the lake from draining down the St. Lawrence, covered what is now downtown Toronto, changing the geography of the modern city irrevocably. The Scarborough Bluffs, the Toronto Islands, High Park’s Grenadier Pond, my home, even–all that and more are products of Lake Iroquois.

My curiosity in the changed landscape is what made me leave yesterday morning for “The Steps of Old Lake Iroquois”, one of the weekend’s many Jane’s Walks. Leader Gary Shaul ably guided a gaggle of people all along the escarpment, from Spadina Road and Casa Loma almost all of the way west to Dufferin.

The walk began at the Baldwin Steps, at the foot of Casa Loma. The view looking south, along Spadina Road towards Spadina Avenue and the downtown, is beautiful.

Ancient shore #toronto #janeswalk #lakeiroquois #glaciallakeiroquois #casaloma #sidewalk

Baldwin Steps #toronto #janeswalk #lakeiroquois #glaciallakeiroquois #casaloma #baldwinsteps

Spadina below #toronto #spring #casaloma #spadinaroad #spadinaavenue #spadina

Spadina House is currently being repaired.

Spadina House, being repaired #toronto #janeswalk #lovetowalk #lakeiroquois #glaciallakeiroquois #spadinahouse #spadinamuseum

The Tollkeeper’s Cottage, currently located on the northwest corner of Bathurst Street and Davenport Road, is a vestige of the time when Bathurst Street was a toll road. Note the steep escarpment behind the building.

Tollkeeper's Cottage #toronto #janeswalk #lovetowalk #lakeiroquois #glaciallakeiroquois #bathurst #davenportroad #tollkeeperscottage

Ancient shore #toronto #janeswalk #lovetowalk #lakeiroquois #glaciallakeiroquois #bathurststreet #davenportroad

This flight of stairs descending to Christie Street was steep.

Down the stairs to Christie #toronto #janeswalk #lovetowalk #lakeiroquois #glaciallakeiroquois #bracondalehill #hillcrest #christiestreet #stairs

The Glenholme Steps, east of Dufferin in the Regal Heights neighbourhood, are much longer.

Glenholme Steps #toronto #janeswalk #lovetowalk #lakeiroquois #glaciallakeiroquois #glenholmesteps #regalheights

More photos from this walk, relating to specific elements and neighbourhoods, will appear here later.

[PHOTO] Waiting in the rain, Dupont Station

To wait in the rain #toronto #ttc #dupont #dupontstreet #evening #rain

The Dupont station benches outside, on the northwest corner of Dupont and Spadina, have always been strikingly modernist. Wednesday evening in the rain under the domed lights, they looked haunted.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 26, 2016 at 5:59 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto will say bonjour to new French-language bookstore”

I quite look forward to this. From Metro:

Lovers of French-language books will soon have a new place to get their fill in Toronto, as a Quebec City-based bookstore plans to open a branch here by early next year.

Christophe Gagnon-Lavoie, co-owner of La Librairie du Quartier in Quebec City, told the Star that Toronto is an ideal place to open the shop, which would be the only exclusively French-language bookstore in the city.

The GTA, he said, is home to a sizeable francophone community (numbering almost 125,000 in 2011) and many Francophiles and French-language students.

“There is certainly a place, we think, for a small bookstore of French books in Toronto,” he said.

The project is being facilitated by the Alliance Française de Toronto, executive director Thierry Lasserre told the Star, and the future library will be housed at the group’s downtown building at 24 Spadina Rd.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

[PHOTO] Pool on rock, Montclair Avenue Parkette

Pool on rock #toronto #parks #montclairavenue #rock #pool #water

This rust-stained pool in the top of some kind of metamorphic rock in the Montclair Avenue Parkette, on Spadina Road just above St. Clair, caught my attention as I passed by. It looks almost primeval, don’t you think?

Written by Randy McDonald

August 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm