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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from nuclear war to the TTC to poverty to pop culture

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  • Worrying about the relationship of Toronto and nuclear weapons seems very 1980s. What’s old is new again, as noted at NOW Toronto.
  • Steve Munro points out that talk of a fare freeze on the TTC ignores the underlying economics. Who, and what, will pay for this?
  • It’s nice that the Little Free Pantry is being supported, as Global News observes, but what does it say about our city that this is a thing?
  • Clifton Joseph notes the Toronto Caribbean Festival has never achieved its goals of emancipation. Cue Bakhtin …
  • Global News notes the new Drake music video promoting his OVO Fest store at Yorkdale. I should go.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Ken Pagan to Stepgate to House of Lords to the TTC to rent

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  • Torontoist takes issue with the positive take CBC provided of Blue Jays beer-thrower Ken Pagan, softpeddling racism.
  • Councillor Shelley Carroll does a great job deconstructing “Stepgate”. (You get what you pay for, to start.)
  • House of Lords, a hairdressing shop a half-century old on Yonge below Bloor, is set to close. The Toronto Star‘s Jaren Kerr reports.
  • Mayor John Tory would like to freeze TTC fare increases for 2018. Can his government pull it off? The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr reports.
  • Rents in Toronto are near the level of Brooklyn, two thousand per one bedroom, and tenants are desperate.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Citizen Science Blog notes an effort to undertake a census of the monarch butterfly this week.
  • Crooked Timber’s Eric Rauchway riffs on Nolan’s Dunkirk as a meditation on the end of empire.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that, though a good idea science-wise, interstellar probes are not coming anytime soon.
  • Jonathan Wynn at the Everyday Sociology Blog shares 13 lessons to be taken from 13 Reasons Why.
  • Language Hat investigates the deeper etymology of “Lozi”, a people of Zambia.
  • Victor Mair of Language Log takes a critical look at the difficulty of learning Chinese characters.
  • Turning to the taxi industry, Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the extent to which the gig economy undermines immigrant and minority participation in established industries.
  • The LRB Blog wonders what Brexiteers could possibly have, rightly, against the European Court of Justice. Law matters …
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is disconcerted by the extent to which some people believe falsehoods about crime and race in the US.
  • Transit Toronto notes last night’s Underground Freedom Train Ride. I’m sad I missed this.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Belarus’ concern over the import of upcoming joint military exercises with Russia, here and here.

[PHOTO] Rosedale in evening

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Rosedale #toronto #rosedale #ttc #subway

Written by Randy McDonald

August 1, 2017 at 11:06 am

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[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links, from rising CityPlace, to queer issues, to Tibetan food in Parkdale

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  • In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee looks at how the new high-rise CityPlace district, on the waterfront, is becoming a neighbourhood.
  • Steve Munro celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Spadina streetcar, here and here.
  • Justin Ling at Vice reports on the new disappearances of queer men in Toronto that have left the community on edge.
  • At the Toronto Star, Ben Spurr notes that the bike route at Bathurst and Adelaide, overcrowded, is going to be improved.
  • Aeryn Pfaff describes at Torontoist the historic and continuing important of Hanlan’s beach for the queer community of Toronto.
  • Tenzin Nawang Tekan describes the importance of the mono for Tibetans and Tibetan-Canadians, starting in Parkdale.

[URBAN NOTE] Six links on Toronto, on mass transit and infrastructure generally

  • This story of a TTC worker who took a day’s fares home with him, where they got confiscated by police, and then compensated by union pressure for having been suspended without pay … wow.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that cost overruns for city infrastructure need to be taken seriously. The quoted price for a park staircase is just off.
  • Daily Xtra notes the sad state of repairs of the rainbow crosswalks of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on Twyn Rivers Drive, a Scarborough route some say should be marked as off-limits for heavy vehicles.
  • NOW Toronto reports on how Mississauga is starting to outshine Toronto in the department of bike lanes.
  • Torontoist’s Tricia Wood writes about the almost impressive dysfunction at Metrolinx.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto blog links, from feminist street art to the changing retail scene

  • Steve Munro shares photos of the ongoing reconstruction of Dundas and Victoria, on the 505 Dundas streetcar route.
  • blogTO notes that the steady increase in rental prices in Toronto came to a halt this month.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing starts a series speculating on the safety of Toronto hi-rises for seniors.
  • Torontoist reports on the achievements and the controversy of a feminist street art event in Parkdale.