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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Anatolia, Massey Hall, T.J. Atwood, Inside Out, wooden tower

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  • I believe I have been to this Turkish-Canadian restaurant in the west end of Toronto. CBC reports on Anatolia Restaurant.
  • The missing Bach and Beethoven windows of Massey Hall have been recovered, safely boxed away in a basement. The Toronto Star reports.
  • I quite liked this article about this athlete, T.J. Atwood, practising his surfing off of the Scarborough Bluffs. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Drew Rowsome reports on the upcoming Inside Out LGBT film festival here in Toronto, here.
  • A 14-story wooden tower at the University of Toronto would certainly be an eye-catching addition to the downtown skyline. The Toronto Star reports.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Boston, Toronto vs Montréal

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  • VICE notes that Airbnb is also having a negative impact on certain neighbourhoods in New York City.
  • It may be necessary to put up barricades at Niagara Falls, but it’s still sad. CBC reports</u..
  • Is Seattle the latest city at risk of being priced out of range of most locals? This Seattle Times opinion piece makes the case.
  • This Toronto Life ad suggesting things to do in a four-day stay in Boston makes that city look wonderful. One day …
  • Why not write an opera about the hockey rivalry between Toronto and Montréal? CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Toronto Maple Leafs, 1904 fire, Sidewalk Labs, SmartTrack

  • Edward Keenan is quite right to note that the very high prices of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets would be easier to deal with if the games were better. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Toronto Guardian shares some archival photos of the great fire that destroyed large swathes of downtown in 1904, here.
  • Torontoist notes the surprising and perhaps worrying failure of its reporters to gain access to the City of Toronto’s agreement with Sidewalk Labs.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing notes how Sidewalk Labs hired fixer John Brodhead, apparently to handle problems with implementation and PR.
  • The question asked last week by Steve Munro, asking how SmartTrack will actually be paid for, remains very relevant today.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Meadoway Park, terracotta home, Ontario Place, Jollibee, Maple Leafs

  • CBC reports on the impending creation of the Meadoway Park, a substantial corridor stretching from the Don Valley northeast to the Rouge River.
  • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto shares some more cool facts about the Meadoway Park, with 40% of its projected cost of $C 85 million already funded.
  • I am quite interested in seeing this west-end Toronto home with terracotta tiles for myself. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto Guardian has shared some lovely vintage photographs of Ontario Place back at its height, here.
  • This NOW Toronto guide to the offerings of Jollibee makes me interested, and perhaps a bit hungry.
  • Edward Keenan writes movingly about how he and his deal with being a Toronto Maple Leafs Fan at playoff time. (As someone not born in Toronto, I think this city deserves better of its teams. Just saying.) The Toronto Star has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Humboldt, Hamilton, Kingston, Berlin, Sidangkou

  • At MacLean’s, Meaghan Campbell reports on how the devastating crash of the Humboldt Broncos has hit that small Saskatchewan farm town.
  • Hamilton police announces the arrest of local anarchist Peter Hopperton in connection with the actions of a crowd bent on vandalism on that city’s Locke Street. CBC has it.
  • Queen’s University is participating in a summit with the city of Kingston on how students and long-term residents can be accommodated in the changing city. Global News reports.
  • Attacks by right-wing groups in the Berlin district of Neukölln make many locals worried. DW reports.
  • The small Chinese centre of Sidangkou, in the area of Tianjin, has become a world centre of saxophone production. The New York Times reports.

    [NEWS] Five sci-fi links: HAL 9000, Space Seed on VHS, baseball on DS9, Civilization, AIs doing D&D

    • How did the movie version of HAL 9000, from 2001, come about? And why does HAL sound so Canadian? The National Post reports.
    • The official Star Trek website explains how the release of the episode “Space Seed” on VHS helped change the videocassette market of the 1980s, here.
    • Deadspin explains how the central role played by the sport of baseball in Deep Space 9 underlined the ways in which that show was atypical Trek.
    • Rock Paper Shotgun examines how many long-run civilization-building games, like Civilization, do a poor job of depicting stagnation and decline, and what this failure says about us now.
    • The idea that the game that artificial intelligences need to learn to play is not chess but D&D–that games involving roleplaying are good tests for general intelligence–seems obvious to me. Aeon has it.

    [URBAN NOTE] Five Canada city links: Hamilton, London, Montréal

    • This older CBC article looking at how many Torontonians, seeking affordable housing, are moving to Hamilton and in so doing transforming that city, is still very worthwhile.
    • The question facing Hamilton city council, of how it will handle LRT funding given a Ford government, is pressing. Global News reports.
    • $C 11 billion in funding for the first phase of a high-speed rail link between Toronto and London, via Kitchener-Waterloo, is nice. If only Wynne gets re-elected. Global News reports.
    • I wish Montréal mayor Valérie Plante luck in her effort to bring major-league baseball back to her metropolis. Global News reports.
    • Robert Everett-Green’s take on Montréal as it is often depicted, as an idyllic mess, is worthy of note if perhaps not agreement. The Globe and Mail has it.