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[URBAN NOTE] Four transit notes: King Street, bike lanes, Toronto Islands ferries, Coach Terminal

  • Transit Toronto reports on how King, from Bathurst through to Jarvis, has been made a street where transit–streetcars, particularly–has priority.
  • CBC notes that, by the standards of other peers, Toronto lags behind in the implementation of bike lanes.
  • The venerable old ferries which link Toronto to the Toronto Islands are set to be retired. Farewell, noble boats. CBC reports.
  • I quite like the idea of seeking out plans to make the Toronto Coach Terminal new again. It might be overlooked these days, but it does have lovely bones. The Toronto Star reports.
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[PHOTO] Twelve photos of Ontario Place and scenes from the William C. Davis trail (#ontarioplace)

This post, last of my four from Ontario Place, shows some of the things I saw heading east back to the mainland of Toronto, past the architecture of Ontario Place and along the William C. Davis Trail i Trillium Park. The views this trail offers, of the Toronto skyline and of the Toronto Islands, are unparalleled.

Hill in Trillium Park #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #evening #hill #latergram

Cinesphere #toronto #ontarioplace #cinesphere #architecture #latergram

Towers #toronto #ontarioplace #architecture #towers #latergram

Looking out at the lake #toronto #ontarioplace #torontoharbour #torontoislands #boats #latergram

Towards the trail #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #latergram

Towards the skyline #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #skyline #latergram

Shining #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #skyline #latergram

Coming in for a landing #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #torontoislands #boats #airplane #latergram

Skyline #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #torontoislands #latergram

Skyline through trees #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #torontoislands #latergram

Towards the airport #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #torontoislands #billybishopairport #latergram

Skyline seen from a hill #toronto #ontarioplace #trilliumpark #williamcdavistrail #lakeontario #torontoharbour #torontoislands #billybishopairport #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm

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

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.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

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

  • 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

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)

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

  • 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.