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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: #yongeandstrong, Bloordale, rental housing crisis, Green Line

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  • Toronto Life has a nice photo-heavy feature sharing the experiences of some of the witnesses and survivors of the North York van attack.
  • NOW Toronto reports on the discontent of Bloordale residents with the latest proposal for development on the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin.
  • Prices for rental housing continue to rise beyond the city of Toronto, in the wider GTA. CBC reports.
  • The idea of a crisis of affordability for Toronto renters, with one-quarter having to pay half or more of their income in rent, is very real. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Public consultation on the plan for a Green Line network of parks, extending from Bathurst Street up to Earlscourt Park, will close on Friday. Submissions can be made here.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: walking on Yonge, Ford Country, Doug Ford, Finch West, Airbnb

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  • John Lorinc considers walking in Toronto, on Yonge Street, in the wake of the van attack, over at Spacing.
  • This classic Toronto Life tour of “Ford Country”, the Toronto landmarks in the career of the Ford brothers, is quite relevant in this election year.
  • Royson James is quite right to note the limit of Rob Ford’s outreach towards black and other minority youth, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO reports on the start of construction of the Finch West LRT line. I sincerely hope it won’t be disrupted by election year change in the way the Eglinton subway was by the Harris government.
  • Sean Grisdale at Spacing notes the highly concentrated, and negative, impact of Airbnb on housing in downtown Toronto neighbourhoods.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Toronto Museum, First Nations, Ford, vacant lots, rent strikes

  • John Lorinc at Spacing considers what is next for the Toronto Museum slated for Old City Hall, here.
  • Will Toronto see an indigenous business district set up, perhaps near Allan Gardens or Christie Pits? NOW Toronto reports.
  • Shawn Micallef considers what will happen to the few vacant lots left in downtown Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Matt Elliott notes that the main legacy of the Doug Ford mayoralty in Toronto is a set of cautionary tales, over at Metro Toronto.
  • Are rent strikes protesting rising rents going to become a big thing in Toronto, expanding from hard-pressed tenants in Parkdale? The Toronto Star considers.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Yoko Ono, cars, St. Clair, York Region, First Nations, Quayside

  • At NOW Toronto, local artist Jean Yoon reviews Yoko Ono’s new conceptual work The Riverbed, currently being exhibited at the Gardiner.
  • John Rieti at CBC notes the oddness of an observation by mayor John Tory that it is rare for parents in Toronto to not own a car.
  • Transit Toronto notes the installation of beacons to guide the blind at St. Clair station.
  • Apparently York Region’s school board does not pay students’ foster families enough. CBC reports.
  • A new study suggests that First Nations people in Toronto experience above-average levels of poverty and hunger. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Developers of a huge office-dominated complex in planned for emergent Quayside are seeking funding. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO has a cute little item noting how author Elan Mastai is promoting his new book using the Little Free Libraries of Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Vimy Ridge Avenu, Community Housing, GO Transit, Toronto police

  • The midtown Toronto street formerly known as Vimy Ridge Ave was renamed in 1928 because that First World War battle simply had not penetrated the Canadian consciousness. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto Community Housing is going to sell off high-value real estate it owns while apparently not inconveniencing its tenants. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Metrolinx is still going to approve two new GO Transit stations, Kirby and Lawrence East, despite apparent political interference. The Toronto Star reports.
  • It did take the murder of well-connected, out, white Andrew Kinsman to get police to take the idea of a serial killer seriously. What police told the family of Abdulbasir Faizi is unforgiveable. Global News reports.
  • Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is lying about the lack of active community concern about the possibility of a serial killer at work in Church and Wellesley, and is underplaying the incompetence of Toronto police and his own role. What else can we say? The Globe and Mail covers this.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Dafonte Miller, Pacific Mall, Scarborough, real estate, TTC

  • The whole sorry story of Dafonte Miller, who was brutally beaten by two off-duty policemen whose actions were not reported to SIU and may in fact have been covered up by (among others) their cop father, is appalling. Do not trust the police. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The Pacific Mall has started to crack down, again, on counterfeit goods. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Extending bike share programs to Scarborough sounds like a good idea in theory, but is there yet the density and infrastructure needed to support this? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Trying to avoid Toronto becoming a preserve of the rich is a key goal. Will this result in the structural change to housing markets needed? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Residents of a condo complex at Bayview and Eglinton are concerned about the effects of Eglinton Crosstown construction, making it difficult for them to feel safe going to and from their homes. CBC reports.
  • Transit Toronto reports on the TTC’s latest overcrowding measures.
  • A Toronto real estate crunch could well drive talented people and professionals away from the city, one study reports. The Toronto Star notes.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: King Street, Annex, Yonge and Sheppard, Chinatown, Keita Morimoto

  • Global News reports that, based on spending data from Moneris, consumer expenditures on King Street have not dropped during the transit experiment.
  • The homeless shelter in the Davenport Triangle area, thankfully, seems to be going through notwithstanding some local opposition and with the help of other locals. The Toronto Star reports.
  • An area of unused land near Yonge and Sheppard may not become a park after all, due to disputes over ownership. CBC reports.
  • These photos exploring how Chinatown on Spadina has evolved over the decades provide a good perspective on the development of this key neighoburhood. CBC reports.
  • Toronto Life showcases the classic paintings of Keita Morimoto, currently with an exhibition at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery downtown.