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[URBAN NOTE] Four blogTO links: mirrors as art, old street signs, old silos, old streets

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  • blogTO looks at the mirrors being scattered across the University of Toronto campus downtown. (Art.)
  • blogTO notes that old Toronto street signs are going up for sale.
  • Abandoned silos across Toronto are being refurbished for a variety of purposes. blogTO reports.
  • This blogTO photo essay about the vestiges of abandoned streets and related infrastructure across Toronto is evocative.
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Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos of the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto, at twilight

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North up King's College Road #toronto #universityoftoronto #kingscollegeroad #evening #latergram

Convocation Hall from the east #toronto #universityoftoronto #convocationhall #evening #latergram

Alley of birch trees by night #toronto #universityoftoronto #birch #trees #lights #evening #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

Posted in Photo, Toronto

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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: DuEast, Main Square, Sherway Gardens, Pam McConnell, rare books

  • blogTO notes the new name of Toronto’s Regent Park, “DuEast”, after Dundas Street East.
  • In the Toronto Star, Shawn Micallef argues a recent festival shows the potential of east-end high-rise neighbourhood Main Square.
  • Also in the Star, Francine Kopun looks at the half-billion dollars put into renovating Sherway Gardens.
  • Ainslie Cruickshank reports on how the many who care for late councilor Pam McConnell are mourning her.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Miriam Katawazi reports on finds from remarkable, long-delayed inventory of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about change, architectural and waterfront and demographic, in Toronto

  • blogTO notes a pretty significant expansion of the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library.
  • Spacing Toronto’s John Lorinc argues that the plan for waterfront revitalization could be a gamechanger for Toronto as a city.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Laurie Monsebraaten notes that the number of young children in downtown Toronto is spiking.
  • VICE notes that Toronto housing has become as unaffordable as it ever has been.

[PHOTO] Nine photos of 1 Spadina Crescent on Doors Open

1 Spadina Crescent, an address located on a roundabout in Spadina Avenue just north of College, is a handsome Gothic Revival building now home to the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture. On the final day of Doors Open, the newly renovated building’s doors were opened to the public to tour, through galleries and up stairs and towards all of the spectacular vistas this building’s locations provide.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 31, 2017 at 9:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] “U of T assistant prof reviving Mohawk language”

The Toronto Star‘s Jesse Winter reports on how linguist Ryan DeCaire, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, is taking part in an ambitious revival of the Mohawk language.

When Ryan DeCaire was a kid, he couldn’t speak his own language.

Growing up in the Wahta Mohawk Territory near Bala, Ont., he’d often hear his elders speaking the mysterious tongue, but he never knew what they were saying.

“You’d hear it spoken sometimes, and you always wonder ‘oh, that’s my language but I can’t speak it,’ ” he says.

Now 29, DeCaire has not only learned to speak Kanien’kéha — the Mohawk language — but he’s leading a revival of it in the heart of downtown Toronto.

In July, DeCaire joined the University of Toronto’s Centre for Indigenous Studies and the linguistics department as an assistant professor. He’s teaching the first-ever Mohawk language classes at the university, and helping to revive a language that eight years ago he feared might die out forever.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto city staff want to see Victoria University pay property tax on Yorkville land”

Mike Smee of CBC News reports on the latest regarding Victoria University’s holding of extensive amounts of Bloor Street West retail property while paying few taxes.

The head of Victoria University tried to convince Toronto councillors the school can come to a deal with the city — without involving the province — about the controversial tax-free status of the land the institution owns in an upscale Yorkville neighbourhood.

William Robins appeared before the government management committee Tuesday to answer questions as city staff want the school to pay taxes on a parcel of land it owns on the so-called mink mile; the school’s tenants include names like Prada, Cartier, and Michael Kors.

“You can understand, I’m sure, that on the face of it, it looks as if some of the city’s most successful and lucrative retailers are potentially getting a break while we are struggling with our revenues at the city,” Coun. Janet Davis said.

While the school — better known as the University of Toronto’s Victoria College — does not pay property taxes on the land, it’s unclear whether it does on the buildings themselves.

“The lease arrangements are complicated,” Robins told the government management committee. “But this is very much part of the ongoing negotiations with city staff, I can assure you that.”

Written by Randy McDonald

February 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm