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[URBAN NOTE] Four links from the GTA, from heightened flood risk to mass transit news to Brampton

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  • Torontoist notes that, between climate change and development, Toronto faces serious flood risks in the future.
  • Ben Spurr notes in the Toronto Star that, come September, Metrolinx will oversee 3% fare increases on GO Transit and the UP Express.
  • I am unsurprised to learn, again from the Toronto Star’s Ben Spurr, that the TTC has won an award recognizing it as the best public transit agency in North America.
  • Fatima Syed notes that Brampton, with its newly hired urban planner, is in search of a new identity.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about the past and future of queer life in a dynamic Toronto

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  • In the Toronto Star, Emma Teitel wonders how long Church and Wellesley will last as a hub as the queer community develops and migrates away.
  • Trevor Corkum, also in the Toronto Star, explores the important role of the Glad Day Bookshop in modern Toronto’s gay and literary scenes.
  • Brian Bradley tells the story of Craig Russell, an early drag queen who became a star and started a still-living cultural tradition of drag performances in Toronto.
  • In NOW Toronto, Vaughn Grey tells the story of how he successfully escaped Jamaica to claim refugee status in Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five links about cities, from failing subways to changing neighbourhoods to borders

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  • The Globe and Mail‘s Joanna Slater talks about how the subway system of New York City is staggering from catastrophe to catastrophe.
  • The Globe and Mail’s Stephen Quinn argues it is much too late to save Vancouver’s Chinatown from radical redevelopment.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Tess Kalinowski writes about how young buyers are driving a push for laneway housing in Toronto.
  • Bryan Tucker, also in the Toronto Star, also makes the case for laneway housing.
  • The National Post shares a story about an affordable 18th century house on the Québec-Vermont border.

[URBAN NOTE] Four links on Toronto transit, from buses and streetcars to Union Station and Niagara

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  • Steve Munro reports on the many problems associated with implementing new express buses, in Toronto and elsewhere.
  • Global News was one of many sources reporting on the high rate of failure of the new Bombardier streetcars.
  • Ben Spurr notes the astounding failure of the City of Toronto to do basic things at Union Station, like collect rent.
  • Transit Toronto notes that GO Transit’s seasonal routes to Niagara have started today and will go until 4 September.

[URBAN NOTE] Three notes about Muslims, their haters and my neighbourhood and cats, in Toronto

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  • Daily Xtra‘s Arshy Mann and Evan Balgord report on how the Jewish Defense League plans on marching in Toronto Pride. Grand.
  • Spacing’s Shazlin Rahman reports on the Jane’s Walk she organized around sites of significance to Muslims around Bloor and Dufferin.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Nicholas Keung and Raju Mudhar reported earlier this month on the happy reunification of a Syrian couple with their cat.

[NEWS] Seven Toronto links, from queer and Irish history to new infrastructure to a serial killer

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  • Lisa Coxon of Toronto Life shares eleven photos tracking Toronto’s queer history back more than a century.
  • Michelle McQuigge reports for the Toronto Star that the Luminous Veil does save lives. I would add that it is also beautiful.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee thinks it makes perfect sense for there to be a dedicated streetcar corridor on King Street.
  • Ben Spurr describes a new plan for a new GO Transit bus station across from Union Station.
  • Emily Mathieu reported in the Toronto Star on how some Kensington Market tenants seem to have been pushed out for an Airbnb hostel.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Irish-born John Doyle explores the new Robert Grassett Park, built in honour of the doctor who died trying to save Irish refugees in 1847.
  • Justin Ling in VICE tells the story of three gay men who went missing without a trace in Toronto just a few years ago. What happened?

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links, from Toronto Island students to Ontario Place park to the TTC

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  • Caroline Alphonso reports in The Globe and Mail about how Toronto Islands students have been displaced to school on the mainland, in Regent Park.
  • Robert Benzie and Victoria Gibson describe in the Toronto Star a new waterfront park in a revitalized part of Ontario Place.
  • Torontoist’s Keiran Delamont notes how Metrolinx’s sharing of data with the police fits into the broader concept of the modern surveillance state.
  • Steve Munro tracks the evolution, or perhaps more properly devolution, of streetcar service from 1980 to 2016.