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[URBAN NOTE] Three notes about the future of mass transit and infrastructure in Toronto

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  • blogTO notes an exciting open house on the 28th of October for three of the new University Line subway stations.
  • Alex Bozikovic praises the architectural innovation behind the new stations on the Eglinton Crosstown line.
  • Christopher Hume’s argument (from August) that Toronto will, despite itself, have to invest in its future works.
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[URBAN NOTE] Four TTC links: buses, a date for Line 1 opening, Athanasopoulos transfer collectors

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  • CBC reports that the different express bus routes set up by the TTC have had more riders than expected.
  • Steve Munro finds there’s much to be concerned about with the way the TTC bought some new electric buses.
  • blogTO notes that the new western extension of the Line 1, into Vaughan, has a set opening date: December 17.
  • The sheer display of TTC fandom displayed by the Athanasopoulos siblings, collectors of transfers, is awesome. The Toronto Star reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on mass transit struggles and poor planning and demolition in Toronto

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  • Edward Keenan observes that Toronto is a city that, rather than plan, prefers to make deals.
  • Jennifer Pagliaro notes how recently departed planner Jennifer Keesmaat tried to stop the ill-judged Scarborough subway extension.
  • Steve Munro updates his readers on the slow progress on streetcar service on the Queensway.
  • blogTO has a photo essay looking at past demolition practice in Toronto. Who does it, and how?

Written by Randy McDonald

September 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams shares, from JPL, the schedule for Cassini in its last days of existence. Goodbye, dear probe.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some classic illustrations from a Persian book called Lights of Canopus.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that gas giants can stabilize debris disks.
  • Far Outliers shares excerpts from the diary of a Japanese soldier fighting in New Guinea in the Second World War.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the real suffering that high rents impose on the poor in American cities.
  • The Map Room Blog shares some nice X-ray maps of New York City subway stations.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares more vintage Voyager photos of the outer solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune …
  • Roads and Kingdoms tells of the marvelous cookies made on the dying Venetian island of Burano.
  • Drew Rowsome considers, at length and with personal references, the differences between “art” and “porn”. NSFW.
  • Understanding Society considers the latest thinking on causal mechanisms in modern sociology.
  • Window on Eurasia wonders if non-Russian languages in Russia are attacked out of anxiety over Russian’s own decline, and speculates that if integration of mostly Muslim immigrants goes poorly in Moscow, the city could get locked in sectarian conflict.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about mass transit and development: Toronto, New York, Sydney

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  • At Torontoist, a Scarborough transit group notes locals don’t know of the negative implications of the one-stop subway extension.
  • Did Metrolinx succumb to political pressure in deciding to locate two new GO stations? The Toronto Star reports.
  • CBC describes how Bombardier lost a contract with New York City to sell cars on the basis of its terrible performance in Toronto.
  • The New York Times describes how legislators in New York State outside of New York City control the metropolis’ mass transit system, evoking for me Ontario and Metrolinx.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes how light rail development in Greater Sydney is driving a property boom.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Lego TTC to private nude beaches to University Avenue

  • Global News reports on Jackson’s Burger, driven from Yonge Street by high rent.
  • blogTO shares this man’s collection of TTC vehicles done in Lego. It is truly impressive.
  • Steve Munro reports on the cost of renovating the Bloor-Danforth subway.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the private nudist swimming resorts in the GTA. There are no legal public nude beaches without Hanlan’s.
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Dave Leblanc reports on the embattled traffic islands of University Avenue.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about her vacation in Croatia’s Istria.
  • Centauri Dreams highlights the work of citizen scientists who are producing stunning images of Jupiter through Juno data.
  • Cody Delistraty examines the unique history of Paris’ Maison de Verre, a house made entirely of glass.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes a recent study suggesting red dwarfs tend to produce stellar winds stripping exo-Earths of their atmospheres.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the mechanics of press censorship in a changing Burma.
  • Language Log’s Geoff Nunberg points out that the phrase “… in the woodpile” is indelibly marked with racism.
  • The NYR Daily remembers the life and notes the death of Xiu Liaobo.
  • Pamela MacNaughtan at Roads and Kingdoms tells the story of how she found the perfect lobster roll on the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.
  • The Signal shares a provocative discussion on the potential role and future decipherability of the emoji in language.
  • Towleroad shares a comforting legal analysis suggesting that marriage equality is not yet threatened in the United States.
  • Transit Toronto notes another weekend subway shutdown, this time on the Bloor line west from Ossington.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that this year will be critical for Russia’s future relationship with Tatarstan.
  • Unicorn Booty largely approves, as do I, of the controversial recent Teen Vogue guide to anal sex. Safe sex is informed sex.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares photos of the purple-heavy gardens of his neighbourhood in California.