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Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 14:21:33 +0000

 



LORINC: No relief in sight when it comes to subways and politics

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:41 +0000

In the bonfire of the vanities that is transit politics in Greater Toronto, it is often difficult to identify who is the biggest bozo. Take, for example, the letter circulated to the media yesterday morning, some time after Mayor John Tory’s stump stunt at the Pape subway station and some time before Liberal transportation minister […]

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A need for high speed rail reality

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:00:36 +0000

GO Transit commuter train at Brampton Station, on the Toronto-Kitchener rail corridor Last week, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the commencement of an Environmental Assessment for a new high-speed rail line to Southwestern Ontario. Phase I would connect Toronto’s Union Station and Pearson Airport with Guelph, Kitchener, and London; Phase II would continue to Windsor, with a […]

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Book Review – Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:00:55 +0000

Author: Charles Waldheim (Princeton University Press, 2016) It goes without saying that despite its contemporary meaning, practice of ‘urbanism’ is as old as the city, itself. And over the thousands of years of development, the intentions and ideas shaping the urban environment have changed countless times, adapting to constantly evolving social, technological, environmental and cultural […]

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The oddities of the Dundas Street Extension

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:00:22 +0000

In December 1954, the railway tracks near Logan Avenue presented the final obstacle in one of Toronto’s first major post-war road building projects—the construction of Dundas Street East through the east end of the city. At the time, Toronto lacked a direct route through the area east of the Don River that wasn’t already dense with streetcar traffic. […]

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WWW: Unexpected urban gems

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:00:21 +0000

The Strip: the unexpected, all-American city? Examining how Las Vegas can be defined as a model for modern urban development, following the ever-evolving ideals of the American dream to produce an urban experience that possesses more than meets the eye. Revitalizing the underbelly of Paris Could the 300km of underground tunnels that remain unused bellow […]

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Book Review: Merrick House

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:00:14 +0000

Edited by Anthony Robins, ORO Editions (2017) UBC SALA West Coast Modern House Series Nestled on a wooded hillside, the house is truly contextual, yet eccentric and outrageous at the same time. It is not a house anyone would contemplate designing, or indeed be allowed to build, in the 21st century. With formidable skill, Merrick […]

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A new low for the Scarborough Subway champion

Thu, 11 May 2017 07:00:35 +0000

For 2016’s annual Torontoist Heroes and Villains feature, I nominated Toronto Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) as villain of the year (“Pedestrian blaming” won that dubious honour). But I remain proud of my choice. As I wrote back in December: De Baeremaeker’s record of environmentalism has been overshadowed by an increasingly antagonistic […]

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WWW: Cities fighting for the death of car culture

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:00:09 +0000

Make cycling cool again How China is attempting to reverse its car-centric, status oriented, development agenda and re-popularize the bicycle utilizing mobile technology. Taxis vs. Cyclists: How Belfast’s bus lanes have become a site of competition With taxi drivers fighting for the permanent right to drive in bus lanes to improve service efficiency, the validity […]

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Book Review: Reinventing the Automobile

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:00:46 +0000

Author: William J. Mitchell, Christopher E. Borroni-Bird, and Lawrence D. Burns (The MIT Press, 2010) One technology that is due for an update is the automobile. The design of a car follows the same general practices that were put in place when Ford unveiled the Model T. Now, over a hundred years later, it is […]

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WWW: Street hawking economies are seeing changes

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:00:53 +0000

Increasing the hygienic standards for street food in rapidly developing urban centers In an effort to reduce food-borne illnesses that result from poor water quality and hygiene standards, a new type of food cart is being implemented in Bangladesh which not only improves public health, but economic opportunities. Bored of the USA: The demise of […]

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Book Review – Medieval Cities: Their Origins and The Revival of Trade

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:00:49 +0000

Author: Henri Pirenne (Princeton University Press, 2014) The late fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett once stated: “If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going.” This is certainly true of cities as one can […]

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Stand right, walk left: the escalator algorithm

Tue, 02 May 2017 15:08:30 +0000

When Spacing asked Torontonians for their insights into Toronto public etiquette, one of the clearest and most repeated messages we got was, when on an escalator, stand right, walk left. As one of our readers put it, “Stand Right; Walk Left. That’s all we need to keep things orderly.” It seems pretty straightforward, and has […]

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WWW: Standing ground or biting the hand that feeds you?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:00:37 +0000

Barcelona’s war on tourism How Barcelona is reclaiming the city for residents, not tourists in order to reinvigorate the central city and manage the hordes of tourists and industry that caters to them. Tourism may be economically beneficial but possesses a high cost for local residents and their culture. Portland: Putting its money where its […]

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Book Review: Seeing the Better City

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:00:48 +0000

Author: Charles R. Wolfe (Island Press, 2017) In many cities, the process of planning and designing our communities has become separated from the experience of living in them. Increasingly, abstract tools like big data, digital mapping, and simulated renderings are used to make decisions affecting the future of our neighbourhoods. While these tools can be […]

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The Artful City: Art That Belongs to All of Us

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:00:34 +0000

Interview by: Gill Baldwin The Artful City series looks beyond Toronto in a new set of articles and interviews investigating public art practices and programs across the country. For the first installment author Gill Baldwin spoke with the Winnipeg based Synonym Art Consultation, comprised of Chloe Chafe and Andrew Eastman. They are the duo behind […]

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