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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from gay Yonge and Dundas to transit woes to High Park high-rises

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  • Daily Xtra notes that, in the 1930s, the shops of Yonge and Dundas supported a queer community. The tours described sound interesting.
  • Torontoist’s Tricia Wood arguesthat the proposed high speed rail route in southern Ontario is wasteful spending, reflecting a two-tier transit network.
  • Steve Munro crunches data on the Queen Street route to find that buses have an advantage over streetcars.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr notes that the TTC is planning to noticeably expand its express bus network.
  • NOW Toronto‘s Lisa Ferguson writes about potential NIMBYism in the opposition to new high-rises in High Park.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • The CBC notes the consensus that the new Ontario minimum wage will not hurt the economy, overall, but provide a mild boost.
  • The Toronto Star notes that, from 2019, analog television broadcasts will start ramping down.
  • The Toronto Star notes that high prices in Ontario’s cottage country are causing the market to expand to new areas.
  • Gizmodo reports on one study suggesting that Proxima Centauri b does have the potential to support Earth-like climates.
  • Gizmodo notes one study speculating on the size of Mars’ vanished oceans.
  • Quartz reports on how one community in Alaska and one community in Louisiana are facing serious pressures from climate change and from the political reaction to said.
  • CBC notes an oil platform leaving Newfoundland for the oceans.

[URBAN NOTE] Three notes about real estate in the Greater Toronto Area

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  • Torontoist’s Tamara Yelland reports on the intensification of the rent strike in Parkdale aimed against Metcap.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Tess Kalinowski notes that the market for detached homes in Toronto is facing unmanageable levels of demand.
  • Torontoist’s David Stokes makes the case that suburbs should allow homes in residential districts to be converted into businesses.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 3, 2017 at 9:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO looks at a condo of 22 Wellesley Street East.
  • Centauri Dreams considers if Enceladus may have been recently shaped by a massive asteroid impact.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos from a Florida alligator farm where children could ride the reptiles.
  • D-Brief reports on the craters left by methane blowouts on the bottom of the Barents Sea.
  • Language Hat notes the apparently declining diversity of English dialects in England.
  • Marginal Revolution shares a nice passage arguing that reading is a cumulative progress, the reader progressing the more they read.
  • Spacing Toronto shares John Lorinc’s thoughts on the politics of the minimum wage.
  • Torontoist notes that the Lower Don Trail is nearing completion.

[URBAN NOTE] Four articles about the controversy over the gentrifiers of Parkdale

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  • This is the Toronto Life profile about the gentrifiers who bought a Parkdale rooming house and evicted its residents for their family home.
  • The Toronto Star looked at the online backlash to the article and the trend of gentrification it depicts.
  • If this GoFundMe campaign, if it falls short of $730000, will donate the funds raised to renters’ groups.
  • Edward Keenan writes in the Star about the nerve this story strikes, and about the displacement of the poor from the homes they can afford.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four articles about changing Toronto neighbourhoods, and Hamilton as Brooklyn

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  • NOW Toronto recently had a cover article looking at the history of the Annex’s Brunswick House, now converted to a Rexall. Could it have been the Bloor’s equivalent to the Drake?
  • The Toronto Star reports on growing tensions in Parkdale over the Metcap rent strike.
  • NOW Toronto looks at how artists are starting to take over the Galleria Mall, to imagine what could be.
  • NOW Toronto suggests that Hamilton could, maybe, be about to evolve into the GTA’s equivalent of Brooklyn.

[URBAN NOTE] Four links about the problems of mass transit planning in Toronto

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  • Steve Munro calls for an honest public review of what Toronto actually does need insofar as mass transit is concerned.
  • Torontoist is justly critical of a one-stop Scarborough subway extension that will help make mass transit there worse.
  • Spacing’s John Lorinc is critical of plans for mass transit expansion that do not respond to existing issues.
  • The Toronto Star notes that Union-Pearson Express ridership is up but also notes that it remains heavily subsidized.