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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto architecture notes: Forest Hill, pastiches, Beaches, Lawren Harris

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  • These Forest Hill homeowners’ claim that renovating neighbours stole their intellectual property seem silly to me. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Shawn Micallef notes that the traditional architecture style of Toronto is of one pastiche or another. Maybe modernism especially?
  • Toronto Life shares photos of a beautiful waterfront home in the Beaches, one I have passed by frequently. Only $6 million!
  • Ellen Scheinberg of Spacing tells how detective work tracked down the house that was subject of Lawren Harris’ “Toronto House”.
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[NEWS] Four infrastructure links: Churchill, Hydro-Quebec, Mr. Christie condos in Mimico, Port Lands

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  • The failure to repair the railway linking Churchill to the rest of Canada is going to have huge consequences. CBC reports.
  • With relatively green hydro energy, Hydro-Quebec is set to become a major exporter of power to the US. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • The old lands of Mr. Christie to Mimico, in south Etobicoke, is set to become a new condo-heavy Liberty Village. Torontoist reports.
  • Christopher Hume does not at all like the idea of just giving a bit chunk of the Port Lands to the movie industry. He writes in the Toronto Star.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: waterfront, #worldslargestrubberduck, PATH, rent control

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  • Spacing’s John Lorinc considers confusion over what the idea of “mixed-use” development on the waterfront is.
  • Dave Leblanc looks at the PATH, the underground tunnels in downtown Toronto making up a huge mall. It counts. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • It turns out that the #worldslargestrubberduck was actually really good for waterfront businesses. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto Life interviews RioCan head Jonathan Gitlin, who thinks rent control will be terrible for renters.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

[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.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: 1 Bloor West, Google at Quayside, Parkdale culture, York art show

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  • Alex Bozikovic looks at the plans for 1 Bloor Street West, The One. This tower may well become a national icon.
  • Will a Google company play a leading role in the construction of the east waterfront neighbourhood of Quayside? The Toronto Star reports.
  • The idea of the Parkdale library becoming the centre of a bigger cultural hub is provocative. NOW Toronto reports.
  • This art show at York featuring works by artists from the old internal suburbs of Toronto sounds great. The Globe and Mail reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Rob Ford, decolonizing art, Humber Bay bus, Don Valley art, crime

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  • The National Post notes that Toronto city council voted against naming a stadium after the late Rob Ford.
  • blogTO notes that Humber Bay Shores wants to run a private neighbourhood bus service, for want of a TTC presence.
  • Andrew Hunter, former Canadian curator at the AGO, calls for a decolonization of art galleries across Canada.
  • Joanna Lavoie describes the concrete sculptures of Duane Linklater newly installed across the Don valley.
  • At Torontoist, Dennis Duffy reports on the 19th century criminal gangs once populating the Don Valley. Seriously.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: urban poverty, GO Transit subsidies, 1 Bloor West, environment

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  • A new report suggests that, in Toronto, you need to learn at least twice minimum wage in order to thrive. The Toronto Star reports.
  • GO Transit users will apparently get half-price TTC fares. The Toronto Star reports.
  • From the former Stollery’s, at 1 Bloor Street West, will rise Toronto’s tallest condo tower. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Torontoist shares an opinion piece looking at the infrastructure of environmental protection in the GTHA.