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[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links

  • Urban Toronto looked at indigenous uses being proposed for the West Don Lands, here.
  • That Toronto has become a major hub for Shopify is a significant economic factor. Global News reports.
  • There will be an emergency exercise held at Union Station. Global News reports.
  • Transit Toronto notes the opening of a new York Regional Transit bus hub at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
  • Transit Toronto shared video of a recent TTC public art project, “A Streetcar Called Toronto”, here.
  • Venerable Toronto movie rental store Videoflicks will be closing. blogTO reports.
  • The Evergreen Brickworks in the Don Valley will be hosting a winter village this season. blogTO reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Yoko Ono, cars, St. Clair, York Region, First Nations, Quayside

  • At NOW Toronto, local artist Jean Yoon reviews Yoko Ono’s new conceptual work The Riverbed, currently being exhibited at the Gardiner.
  • John Rieti at CBC notes the oddness of an observation by mayor John Tory that it is rare for parents in Toronto to not own a car.
  • Transit Toronto notes the installation of beacons to guide the blind at St. Clair station.
  • Apparently York Region’s school board does not pay students’ foster families enough. CBC reports.
  • A new study suggests that First Nations people in Toronto experience above-average levels of poverty and hunger. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Developers of a huge office-dominated complex in planned for emergent Quayside are seeking funding. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO has a cute little item noting how author Elan Mastai is promoting his new book using the Little Free Libraries of Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: home dioramas, public space, Perth-Dupont library, Pacific Mall, GO

  • I am amused by these dioramas of tiny homes put together by Toronto artist Anita Bonfini. blogTO shares them.
  • This Torontoist article by Erin Davis examining the threads uniting the Bentway underneath the Gardiner with the Stackt warehouse at Front and Bathurst and King Street is exciting.
  • blogTO reports on the much-needed upgrade and expansion of the Perth-Dupont library to the west of my home, from narrow storefront to something larger and condo-based.
  • Victoria Gibson reports on the denials of York Region police that they overlook the sale of counterfeit goods at the Pacific Mall, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ben Spurr notes the desire of Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry to boost GO Transit use in her Cambridge riding, even though there are low rates of use there, over at the Toronto Star.

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about GTA transit: Bombardier, Line 1 expansion, Scarborough, York Region

  • As Bombardier announces further delays, Metrolinx announced it was halving the number of Bombardier cars it was planning to buy. The Toronto Star reports.
  • It’s a shame that the TTC didn’t figure out a way beforehand to deal with the potential for misuse of the new art installation at Pioneer Village station. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Might the NDP stop the feckless Scarborough subway expansion? One can hope. Martin Regg Cohn speculates in the Toronto Star.
  • I substantially agree with Christopher Hume’s argument in the Toronto Star that, though the Line 1 expansion is beautiful, it should not have been the first thing the TTC built. (Downtown Relief Line, say?)
  • Transit Toronto notes how York Region Transit is adapting to the Line 1 extension.
  • Tricia Wood at Torontoist takes another look at the exceptionally regional nature of commuting, with relatively few commuters crossing municipal boundaries.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: TTC routes, York Region, King Street, Church and Wellesley

  • Transit Toronto takes a look at the different Toronto bus routes changed, added, or deleted altogether following the subway extension to Vaughan.
  • The decision of York Region to make New Year’s Day a working day for retail is unappealing. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The subsidies to King Street businesses while the pilot project is ongoing evoke similar structures on St. Clair during streetcar line construction. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Justin Ling at MacLean’s reports on the discontent in Church and Wellesley regarding the police response to the string of disappearances and deaths in the area.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC into Vaughan, Greg Sorbara, 196 York University, mass transit

  • This Oliver Moore and Jeff Gray article on the new extension of the TTC into Vaughan, looking at its past and its future, is exciting. I cannot wait to ride this new part of Line 1. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • Steve Paikin at TVO notes the understated importance of former Ontario minister Greg Sorbara behind the Line 1 extension into Vaughan.
  • Katie Daubs bids farewell to the 196 York University Rocket, a storied bus line now coming to an end with the new subway, over at the Toronto Star.
  • At Torontoist, Tricia Woods argues that focusing on regional transit schemes as opposed to local ones is a mistake, given how most GTA commuting is within not between municipalities.
  • Edward Keenan does not buy the argument that there is as much TTC fare evasion as a recent report has claimed. The organization’s own faults matter, for one. The Toronto Star has it.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about change and construction and architecture and ports in the GTA

  • Brynn Aguilar in the Toronto Star reports on York Region police’s warning locals against climbing construction cranes.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail that the nice new Albion library, in Rexdale, looks a lot like Kew Gardens’ in Queens.
  • Alex Bozikovic, also in The Globe and Mail, argues Toronto must determine what it wants for Davisville Junior Public School. Will it stay, or go?
  • blogTO notes that laneway housing will soon be made that much easier to provide in the City of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on an ambitious new plan to redevelop a vast commercial space on the southeast of Dundas and Bloor, in north Roncesvalles.
  • John McLeod in NOW Toronto is critical of the latest real estate moves of a relatively unaccountable PortsToronto.

[URBAN NOTE] “TTC’s newest subway extension taking shape”

The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr describes how the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension is set to finish in mere months. I, for one, will be excited to see, and ride, this extension of the subway. New stations!

Toronto’s first new subway project in more than a decade is almost complete.

At a media tour of the new Downsview Park station on Monday, TTC CEO Andy Byford emphasized that the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension, a six-stop addition to Line 1 that is scheduled to open in December, will be state of the art.

“People will look at it as just a subway extension. To me it’s way more than that,” he said, noting that in addition to the complexity involved in setting up train operations, the TYSSE will combine three major TTC projects: a Wi-Fi network, the Presto fare card system, and automatic train control. “It’s a huge accomplishment.”

Located at the north end of Downsview Park, just east of Sheppard Ave. and Keele St., there is little density in the area surrounding the station. But TTC officials said some of the land nearby is slated for future mixed use development.

Ridership is also expected to be boosted by a direct connection to trains on GO Transit’s Barrie line, which will stop at a platform between the station’s east and west pavilions.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Brampton council shocked by cost of York Region project”

The Toronto Star‘s San Grewal provides yet another example demonstrating how Brampton stands out among GTA municipalities for its many municipal controversies.

While some residents in York Region are angry over a $212-million price tag for a soon-to-be-built regional headquarters, Brampton councillors are questioning how their own controversial city hall building cost almost the same price for less than a third of the space.

“Is this supposed to tell us what we already know — that we overpaid?” Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon asked his colleagues, voicing frustration as a motion at Wednesday’s council meeting was introduced to find out how York Region is paying $212 million for a planned 422,000-square-foot building.

In 2011, Brampton agreed to a deal for its new 126,000-square-foot city hall building that is costing local taxpayers $205 million.

“I almost laughed,” said Councillor Elaine Moore, pointing out a Toronto Star article about the cost of York Region’s new headquarters. “I certainly received emails yesterday,” she said, mentioning the reaction of some constituents.

Moore told the Star that even though the York project’s cost does not include financing (it’s being funded internally) while Brampton’s cost does, the math still doesn’t add up. “With municipal borrowing rates having maintained at historic lows around three per cent, we are still paying close to three times more than York,” she said.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “York Region headquarters comes with hefty price tag”

Noor Javed’s Toronto Star article makes for me a compelling case that York Region actually needs this construction project.

After years of planning, York Region is moving ahead with plans for a new $212-million headquarters — a price tag some residents are calling “enormous.”

The eight-storey, 422,000-square-foot building will connect with the current regional government headquarters in Newmarket. When it opens in 2020, the building will offer a range of services, including Ontario Works, housing services and provincial courts, according to Dino Basso, the commissioner of corporate services.

“The main building, which we call the annex, is a public facing community health and services building,” said Basso. “It is consolidating a number of programs that are currently being delivered in other locations in the area,” he said.

Last month, council awarded a $172,084,354, construction contract to EllisDon Corporation, one of the last steps in a planning process that began a decade ago.

According to a business case presented to council in 2013, staff said the building was needed for the expansion of the provincial courts, a need to “centralize” services and give the administration room to grow. The current building, constructed in 1994, houses more than 1,000 staff, more than it was meant for. Staff also found that by getting out of current leases of buildings where the services are being offered, the region could save between $26 million and $60 million over a 30-year period.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 10, 2016 at 5:45 pm