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2017-10-21 07:35 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto notes: Humber River Bay and Christie's, towers, Google at Quayside, vans


  • The area of Humber River Bay may yet be radically transformed by the development of the vast Christie's site. The Globe and Mail reports.

  • Torontoist notes how the City of Toronto is starting to let apartment dwellers know if they might die in a disastrous fire like Grenfell.

  • Wired reports on the vast Google plan to make not just Quayside but the entire waterfront a high-tech prototype.

  • TVO's John Michael McGrath argues that the city does not need Google to design good neighbourhoods.

  • Apparently many people are escaping the Toronto affordable housing crisis by moving into vans. The Toronto Star reports.

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2017-10-21 09:15 am
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[CAT] Shakespeare, also awake in bed

Shakespeare, also awake in bed #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #cats #caturday #catsofinstagram


Shakespeare was not sleeping early this morning either.
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2017-10-17 03:33 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: Bloor and Dundas, Green Room, archeology park, Hearn


  • The scale of the changes impending for Bloor and Dundas is, literally, immense. blogTO reports.

  • Alas, the venerable Green Room hidden behind Bloor and Brunswick is set to leave its abode. blogTO reports.

  • I love this proposal at Spacing by Michael McClelland for an archeology park in storied downtown Toronto.

  • I agree with Simon Bredin at Torontoist that it would be a shame for Torontonians to losing public access to the Hearn Generating Station.

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2017-10-17 09:37 am

[PHOTO] Twenty photos of Ontario Place, Toronto (#ontarioplace)

Back on the 21st of September, I posted a series of photos that I took just east of Ontario Place, in the area of the new Trillium Park. I had continued exploring west of Trillium Park, into Ontario Place, but I had never gotten around to posting my photos of Ontario Place in all of its mid-20th century modernist grandeur.

Back towards the city #toronto #ontarioplace #skyline #cntower #latergram


Hill #toronto #ontarioplace #hill


Looking towards Hanlan's #toronto #ontarioplace #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #lakeontario #latergram


Shore #toronto #ontarioplace #rock #beach #latergram


Towards the heart (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


Towards the heart (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #marina #architecture #latergram


On the pier (1) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (2) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #latergram


On the pier (3) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #plane #marina #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #latergram


On the pier (4) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (5) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #concrete #cntower #architecture #marina #latergram


On the pier (6) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #boats #latergram


On the pier (7) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #boats #latergram


On the pier (8) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #torontoharbour #skyline #cntower #latergram


On the pier (9) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #humberbay #skyline #evening #latergram


On the pier (10) #toronto #ontarioplace #pier #lakeontario #concrete #architecture #latergram


Anchors #toronto #ontarioplace #anchors #pier #concrete #latergram


There will be more photos tomorrow.
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2017-10-16 12:54 pm
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[PHOTO] Sixteen photos from Todmorden Mills (#todmordenmills)

Yesterday afternoon I went over to the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, to catch an exhibition of drawings by Daniel Rotsztain there. I stayed to explore the lovely grounds, fresh and green in the rain.

Looking down #toronto #todmordenmills #stairs #latergram


West across #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #stairs #latergram


Cottage amid green #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #cottage #latergram


House and leaves #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram


House and leaves (2) #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram


Back of a barn #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #brick #latergram


Dashing into the wedding tent #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram


Table #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #table #latergram


"Welcome, Angel and Tomme" #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram


Up the valley #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #rain #latergram


Umbrellas on the bridge #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #umbrellas #bridge #rain #latergram


Bridge north #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram


Looking at the Mills #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram


Fresh green in the rain #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bridge #rain #latergram


Just short of the top #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bike #rain #latergram
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2017-10-16 12:35 pm
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[PHOTO] Sixteen photos from Todmorden Mills (#todmordenmills)

Yesterday afternoon I went over to the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, to catch an exhibition of drawings by Daniel Rotsztain there. I stayed to explore the lovely grounds, fresh and green in the rain.

Looking down #toronto #todmordenmills #stairs #latergram

West across #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #stairs #latergram

Cottage amid green #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #cottage #latergram

House and leaves #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram

House and leaves (2) #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #house #latergram

Back of a barn #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #brick #latergram

Dashing into the wedding tent #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram

Table #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #table #latergram

"Welcome, Angel and Tomme" #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #wedding #latergram

Up the valley #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #rain #latergram

Umbrellas on the bridge #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #towers #playterestates #umbrellas #bridge #rain #latergram

Bridge north #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram

Looking at the Mills #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #bridge #rain #latergram

Fresh green in the rain #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bridge #rain #latergram

Just short of the top #toronto #todmordenmills #donvalley #green #bike #rain #latergram
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2017-10-15 12:54 pm

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


  • 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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2017-10-15 10:32 am
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[PHOTO] Alley south off Wallace Avenue, Junction Triangle

Alley south off Wallace #toronto #junctiontriangle #wallaceave #evening #rain #alley #laneway


I walked home last night from the west, passing from Dundas West station and up over the rails over the Wallace pedestrian bridge and down onto Wallace Street on the far side. The soft rain, in the light of evening, lent itself to beauty.
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2017-10-14 09:00 pm

[NEWS] Four infrastructure links: Churchill, Hydro-Quebec, Mr. Christie condos in Mimico, Port Lands


  • 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.

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2017-10-14 03:51 pm

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


  • 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.

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2017-10-13 03:11 pm

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Metropolitan Community Church, Jeff Rock, PFLAG China, Indian lit, Satanism


  • Hornet Stories looks at the long history of the explicitly LGBTQ-friendly Metropolitan Community Church.

  • Jeff Rock will be the new pastor of Toronto's Metropolitan Community Church congregation, after Brent Hawkes. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Quartz reports on a PFLAG China cruise, featuring queer people and their parents.

  • Little India reports on the emerging field of gay literature in India, prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

  • The Satanic Temple of Seattle is commissioning anti-gay bakers to bake them pro-Satanism cakes. Religious freedom, right? Bustle tells the story.

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2017-10-13 03:03 pm

[NEWS] Four pop culture links: art in Parkdale, Wanda Nanibush, Balkan media, Canadian Thanksgiving


  • The way art helped build a stronger community in Parkdale is the subject of this NOW Toronto article.

  • The AGO has just landed a new curator of indigenous art, Anishinabe-kwe artist Wanda Nanibush.

  • Transitions Online notes how, under Communism, different Balkan peoples kept looking to a different west for entertainment.

  • MacLean's looks at the history of Canadian Thanksgiving.

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2017-10-13 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Ten photos of the Toronto skyline from the Chester Hill Lookout

Yesterday afternoon, I ventured out to Chester Hill Lookout. I first learned of this observation point, located in the east-end of Playter Estates north of the Danforth and west of Broadview overlooking the Don Valley, through an Instagram post. The views offered by this location of downtown Toronto to the south and west are amazing. I must go again on a clear day or night.

Skyline from Chester Hill (1) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout


Skyline from Chester Hill (2) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (3) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (4) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (5) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (6) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (7) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (8) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #evergreenbrickworks #brickwork #latergram


Skyline from Chester Hill (9) #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #graffiti #publicart #latergram


Panorama of skyline from Chester Hill #toronto #skyline #playterestates #chesterhilllookout #donvalley #panorama #latergram
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2017-10-10 08:07 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links


  • Anthropology.net notes that the analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton from Croatia reveals much common ancestry.

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares some stunning photos of Jupiter taken by the Juno probe.

  • Crooked Timber considers the differences--such as they are--between science fiction and fantasy literature.

  • After a conversation with Adam Gopnik, Cody Delistraty makes a case for the importance of high-brow culture.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes a paper arguing that Earth-like planets can exist even without active plate tectonics.

  • The Frailest Thing's Michael Sacasas argues that operating systems relying on instinct hurt human thought.

  • Language Log considers Twitter post limits for East Asian languages.

  • The LRB Blog considers trench fever and the future of nursing in the United Kingdom.

  • Marginal Revolution links to a study suggesting people actively look out for bad and threatening news items.

  • The NYR Daily examines the reasons why Uber ended up getting banned by the city of London.

  • Drew Rowsome reports on an exciting new staging at the Paramount Theatre of Salt-Water Moon.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel looks at the very low proportion of planets in studied exosystems actually detected by Kepler.

  • Strange Company tells the story of John Banvard, a 19th century American who lost everything in mounting panorama exhibitions.

  • Towleroad reports on how PREP contributed to an 80% fall in new HIV diagnoses in London and wider England.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the worsening of HIV/AIDS in Russia, aided by terrible government policy and bad statistics.

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2017-10-07 07:38 pm

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


  • 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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2017-10-07 12:07 pm

[PHOTO] Looking to the top, Manulife Centre

Looking to the top #toronto #manulifecentre #tower #skyscraper


The towers of the Manulife Centre are literal landmarks. How much longer will they be this, as taller towers rise around them?
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2017-10-06 02:41 pm

[NEWS] Four links about LGBTQ culture: Pansy Craze, drag in Toronto, Michael Sharkey, Matt Cain


  • This article looks at the amazing queer parties that were major nightlife features in the 1930s US. The Guardian reports.


  • City News looks at how drag queens are becoming high-demand performers in RuPaul-era Toronto.

  • Ruth La Ferla shares a stunning contemporary photo exhibit by Michael Sharkey of the fashion of out queer youths. The New York Times reports.

  • A new gay-themed novel by Matt Cain is going to get crowdfunded after being rejected by traditional publisher as "too gay". The Guardian reports.

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2017-10-06 02:33 pm

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


  • 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.

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2017-10-06 11:39 am

[PHOTO] Towers of Humber Bay Shores, Toronto

Towers of Humber Bay Shores #toronto #humberbayshores #lakeshoreblvd #condos #tower


Not too long ago, there would not have been nearly so many towers along this stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard above Humber Bay.