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[PHOTO] Twenty photos of Ontario Place, Toronto (#ontarioplace)

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Back on the 21st of September, I posted a series of photos that I took just east of Ontario Place, in the area of the new Trillium Park. I had continued exploring west of Trillium Park, into Ontario Place, but I had never gotten around to posting my photos of Ontario Place in all of its mid-20th century modernist grandeur.

Back towards the city #toronto #ontarioplace #skyline #cntower #latergram

Hill #toronto #ontarioplace #hill

Looking towards Hanlan's #toronto #ontarioplace #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #lakeontario #latergram

Shore #toronto #ontarioplace #rock #beach #latergram

Towards the heart (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #architecture #latergram

Towards the heart (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram

Towards the heart (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram

Towards the heart (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram

Towards the heart (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram

On the pier (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram

On the pier (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #latergram

On the pier (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #latergram

On the pier (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram

On the pier (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #cntower #architecture #marina #latergram

On the pier (6) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #boats #latergram

On the pier (7) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #boats #latergram

On the pier (8) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoharbour #skyline #cntower #latergram

On the pier (9) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #humberbay #skyline #evening #latergram

On the pier (10) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #concrete #architecture #latergram

Anchors #toronto #ontarioplace #anchors #pier #concrete #latergram

There will be more photos tomorrow.

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Written by Randy McDonald

October 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: rent control, Toronto Islands, 401 Richmond, amalgamation

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  • The Ontario government is not backing down on rent control despite impending conversions of real estate to condos.
  • blogTO notes this last heat wave has made the Toronto Islands superb, at last. I visited Sunday–visit while you can.
  • The 401 Richmond arts centre is getting tax relief, letting it function as a home for culture in a booming downtown.
  • Christopher Hume argues amalgamation, by undermining old power structures, made progress in Toronto impossible.

[PHOTO] Five (or six) photos of the sun setting at Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Islands

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Yesterday, in a most unseasonably hot day that felt like summer, I decided to go to Hanlan’s Point for the late afternoon. The beach has changed so much from last year as to be almost unrecognizable, so much of its sand washed into the water, but it works in its new incarnation. The line of poplar trees that is so much closer to the water feels like a privacy screen of sorts, intensifying the experience of distance. The water and the sand, happily, remain the same, if perhaps a bit more pebbly than before.

Sun setting at Hanlan's Point (1) #toronto #torontoislands #hanlanspointbeach #beach #evening

Sun setting at Hanlan's Point (2) #toronto #torontoislands #hanlanspointbeach #beach #evening

Sun setting at Hanlan's Point (3) #toronto #torontoislands #hanlanspointbeach #beach #evening

Sun setting at Hanlan's Point (4) #toronto #torontoislands #hanlanspointbeach #beach #evening

Sun setting at Hanlan's Point (5) #toronto #torontoislands #hanlanspointbeach #beach #evening

Google Photos, meanwhile, put together this panorama shot, combining photos 4 and 5 in this series.

Panorama, Hanlan's Point Beach #toronto #hanlanspointbeach #torontoislands #beach #evening

Written by Randy McDonald

September 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

[PHOTO] Thirteen photos of Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail (#trilliumpark)

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The newly-opened Trillium Park and William G. David Trail, part of the ongoing redevelopment of Ontario Place, is superb. Though the landscaping is still raw, just three months after the parks opening, the bones are good ones. Walking along the trail on a beautiful warm evening, seeing the park full of people enjoying the grass or the concert or the views of the lake and the Toronto Islands, I knew this park is a success.

Entering Trillium Park

Looking east

Path ahead

Two routes

Trail tree

Gathered for the concert (1)

Gathered for the concert (2)

Looking at Hanlan's Point

Looking at Billy Bishop

Overlooking

Hough's Glade

Evening in the park

Walking by boats on the lake

Written by Randy McDonald

September 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: TTC promotion, condo intersections, Bombardier, Centreville

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  • While I get why the TTC would promote its top ranking on its vehicles, the optics of significant cost for this promotion are terrible.
  • Bay and Bloor, Avenue Road and Bloor, Bay and King–these are the top intersections for condo resellers.
  • I get why Bombardier workers would want to support their employer versus Bombardier with a brief strike, and be justified in doing so. Just–well, optics.
  • Can the Centreville carousel be kept in Toronto? I suppose it would be nice if they could get the funding.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto notes: Gibraltar Point, Centreville carousel, condo designss, Estonians

  • NOW Toronto notes how Gibraltar Point marks the Toronto Islands’ point most vulnerable to erosion.
  • It seems, as Fatima Syed notes, that the Centreville carousel will not be bought by its intended buyer.
  • VICE reports on a young Toronto architect who suggests condos could be more affordable if they were more modular.
  • A highly disproportionate number of Toronto’s innovative post-war architects were Estonian refugees. Stunning works. The Globe and Mail reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five links: Toronto affordable housing, public art, Montréal flag, co-housing, Islands

  • Building two thousand affordable housing units in Toronto is a nice step forward. Will there be more steps? The Toronto Star reports.
  • This charming bit of improvised art down at Humber Bay Park reminds me that I really need to head down there. From the Toronto Star.
  • Montréal has stopped representing genocidal General Amherst on its flag, replacing it with a native pine tree. The National Post reports.
  • Emily Macrae at Torontoist suggests co-housing, drawn from a Québec model, is something Toronto might want to look into.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto explores the Toronto Islands. Do they have a future? What will they need?