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2017-08-20 12:50 am

[PHOTO] Towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre

Towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre #toronto #financialdistrict #tdcentre #torontodominioncentre #architecture #evening


I love the black Mies van der Rohe towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre.
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2017-08-19 01:30 pm

[PHOTO] Three views from the fifth floor, Toronto Reference Library, looking north, east and west

The location of the Toronto Reference Library north and east of Yonge and Bloor, directly east of Yorkville and directly south of Rosedale, means that well-positioned photographers can take advantage of some excellent views. The first two photos are of Rosedale, green with trees and dense with houses, while the third is a photo of a Yorkville well into its condoization.

North past Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline


East along Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline


Yorkville transforming, west of Yonge #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #yorkville #yongestreet #condos #evening
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2017-08-18 10:35 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos from the inside of the Toronto Reference Library

Teddy bear with deerstalker and pipe #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #teddybear #deerstalkerhat #arthurconandoylecollection

I like a friend's suggestion that this teddy bear, on display in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, should bear the name of Bearlock Holmes.

Looking down from the fifth floor #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture


Two by two, looking down #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture


Stepping outside the collection, on the fifth floor of the Reference Library, and looking down to the ground floor in the vast interior, the impressive scale of the edifice becomes clear.
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2017-08-09 11:59 pm

[PHOTO] East on Geary at Dufferin, Toronto

East on Geary at Dufferin #toronto #davenport #night #gearyave #dufferinstreet

Standing on Geary Avenue just east of Dufferin Street, this one of Toronto's newest hip streets looks perfectly ordinary and quietly miraculous under the line of street lights.
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2017-08-09 03:32 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan's, parks, and Montréal laneways


  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.

  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.

  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan's beach on the Toronto Islands.

  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.

  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green--literally--laneways of Montréal.

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2017-08-08 10:59 am
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[PHOTO] Four graves of Prospect Cemetery, Toronto

Prospect Cemetery is different in some noteworthy ways from Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the burying ground that is a natural match for it in size and location. Mount Pleasant is arguably defined by graves of people of British background, sober monuments in stone towering above the lanes. Prospect Cemetery's graves are more multicultural, the graves of southern and eastern Europeans being especially prominent. My eye was caught especially by particular graves, of people of Portuguese background, which were tended to marvelously, bedecked with flowers and grave goods by people who cared.

Manuel Almeida


Antonio Palumbo


Sandy Valinho


Liliana Costa
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2017-08-07 12:29 pm

[PHOTO] In memory of the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto

In memory of the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto


Toronto's Prospect Cemetery extends as far south as St. Clair Avenue, touching Earlscourt. Back when this neighbourhood was a newly-annexed municipality on the northwest fringes of the City of Toronto, Earlscourt was a new communiy, home to many recent British immigrants. These people volunteered by the thousands to serve on the Western Front, and died in the hundreds. After the First World War, this memorial was built in Prospect Cemetery, Earlscourt's local cemetery, in honour of the neighbourhood's dead. Future king Edward VIII lent his presence to the ceremonies surrounding of this cenotaph in 1919.
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2017-08-06 11:45 am

[BLOG] Some Sunday links


  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly re-introduces herself to her readers.

  • Bruce Dorminey shares one man's theory about how extraterrestrials could use exoplanet sightings to build up a galactic communications network.

  • Far Outliers shares some unusual Japanese words, starting with "amepotu" for American potato.

  • Language Hat takes
  • Did the spokeswoman of the NRA threaten to "fisk" the New York Times or threaten something else? Language Log reports.

  • Drew Rowsome notes that, compared to San Francisco, Toronto does not have much of a public kink scene.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel examines the quantum reasons behind the explosion produced by sodium metal and water.

  • Understanding Society takes rightful issue with The Guardian's shoddy coverage of Dearborn, Michigan, and that city's Muslims and/or Arabs.

  • Unicorn Booty notes that Canada is, at last, starting to take in queer refugees from Chechnya.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes the embarrassing support for Jean-Luc Mélenchon for Venezuela. Was opposing the US all he wanted?

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2017-08-05 08:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five links about cities, from past Toronto and Richmond to future NYC and Barcelona


  • Scott Wheeler writes about past eminences of Toronto, people like Conn Smythe and Raymond Massey.
  • Joanna Slater writes in The Globe and Mail about the symbolism of Confederate--and other--statuary in Richmond, former capital of the South.

  • Reuters reports on a Vietnamese businessman abducted by his country from the streets of Berlin. Germany is unhappy.

  • Jeremiah Ross argues at VICE that very high levels of tourism in New York City are displacing native-born residents.

  • Looking to protests most recently in Barcelona, Elle Hunt in The Guardian looks at ways to make mass tourism more affordable for destinations.

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2017-08-05 04:36 pm

[URBANNOTE] Five Toronto links, from the $15 wage to parking lots, cow statues, and Jamaican patois


  • Torontoist takes on Galen Weston and the $15 minimum wage and poverty in Toronto (and Loblaw's contribution to said).

  • At the Toronto Star, Shawn Micallef describes how high property values in Toronto discourage open-air parking lots.

  • Noor Javed looks, in Toronto Star, at the question of who authorized the cathedral elevated cow statue in Cathedraltown, in Markham.

  • The Star's Fatima Syed shares some old memories of Torontonians of the Centreville carousel, soon to be sold off.

  • At The Globe and Mail, Dakshana Bascaramurty takes a look at Jamaican patois, Toronto black English, and the many complex ways in which this language is received.

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2017-08-04 07:25 pm

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


  • 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.

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2017-08-04 11:47 am

[PHOTO] Five photos from Food Basics at 805 Lansdowne Avenue

The new Food Basics store at 805 Lansdowne Avenue, on the corner with Dupont Street, is a perfectly serviceable grocery store, with neat displays and floors of polished concrete and even an escalator connecting the store to the adjacent Fuse Condos.

Entering


Produce


Aisle


Frozen food


Escalator
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2017-08-03 05:36 pm

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


  • 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.

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2017-08-02 08:11 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Ken Pagan to real estate to Leslie Street Spit to Blockobana


  • This U>long-form CBC article looking at Ken Pagan, the man who became infamous through his beer can toss, has insight.

  • I like Christopher Hume's article describing changes of zoning around apartment highrises, to allow shops.

  • John Lorinc's suggestion that taxes collected from foreign buyers be put towards social housing is provocative.

  • Robert Zunke is the man, sometime construction worker, assembling shrines on the Leslie Street spit.

  • Torontoist describes Blockobana, the queer black space at this year's Toronto Caribbean Festival.