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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Hamilton, Québec City, San Jose, Tehran, Hong Kong

  • Real estate in Hamilton, Ontario, is quite affordable by GTA standards. Global News reports.
  • Québec City has a new farmer’s market to replace an old. CBC reports.
  • San Jose, California, is set to embark on a grand experiment in cohousing, CityLab reports.
  • These vast abandoned apartment blocks in the desert outside of Tehran speak of economic underperformance, to say the least. Messynessychic has it.
  • Now that Hong Kong has not just competition from other cities in China but is finding itself outmatched by the likes of Shenzhen and Shanghai, the city-state’s bargaining power is accordingly limited. The SCMP reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Oshawa, Halifax, Porto, Tel Aviv, Tehran

  • MacLean’s looks at Dan Carver, mayor of Oshawa. Can this man, who overcame a very rough early adulthood, help the city survive the end of its automotive sector?
  • A park in Halifax has been named in honour of murdered LGBTQ activist Raymond Taavel. Global News reports.
  • Open Democracy notes how the rapid spread of rental accommodations in Porto, the second city of Lisbon, is threatening permanent residents with the loss of their homes.
  • CityLab notes how activists in Tel Aviv are trying to save the ficus trees planted along major avenues decades ago from mass transit construction.
  • Guardian Cities looks at how a lack of effective planning threatens to make Tehran unlivable for most of its residents.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Vancouver, Derry, Tehran, London, Kumamoto

  • Global News reports on how municipalities in the Metro Vancouver area have arranged to pay for new transit.
  • Slugger O’Toole has a multi-part investigation looking at why Derry, second city of Northern Ireland, is so poor. The first part is here.
  • Bloomberg notes that the real estate market in Tehran is definitely not friendly to hopeful buyers.
  • VICE reports on how activists in London turned an empty home into a homeless shelter.
  • The Finger Post’s David Finger shares photos of his recent visit to Kumamoto.

[URBAN NOTE] “This city’s skyline is a doppelganger for Toronto”

blogTO’s Derek Flack reports on how Toronto’s skyline resembles Tehran’s.

The most recognizable feature of Toronto’s skyline isn’t a matter of debate. The CN Tower is both our most famous building and a navigational beacon that even longtime residents rely on to get their bearings on occasion. Take away this soaring landmark, and the city no longer looks like Toronto at all.

That’s why it’s so strange to look at images of certain Tehran’s skyline. If you squint your eyes, it can seem startlingly like Toronto thanks to the cranes that seem to continually cover the sky and the presence of the Milad Tower, a slightly shorter communications beacon that shares a number of traits with our local version.

Kuala Lumpur also has a structure that resembles the CN Tower, but it shares the skyline with the brighter Petronas Twin Towers, which diminishes the centrality of the the KL Tower. Other major observation/communications towers in cities like Seattle don’t really resemble the CN Tower in the first place.

Tehran’s tower is just over 100 metres shorter than our central landmark, but the resemblance is heightened by the disc on its top section, which is located around the same area where the Skypod is on the CN Tower. As a distant silhouette, the two structures are eerily similar (even if that can’t be said when they’re examined up close).

There is more, including the inevitable photos, at blogTO.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm