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The Meadoway: 16 km stretch of urban park will connect downtown to Scarborough 

They are going to build a mixed-use path the length of this hydro corridor.

Damian Lewis to Play Controversial Ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in Thriller

Bike lanes help, not hurt, suburbs, Keesmaat says

She makes a good point.

This is really about the kind of city we’re creating. It’s about much, much more than bike lanes… It’s also about the revitalization of our suburbs. Are we going to reinforce this idea that they are just places that you get through on your way to somewhere else, or are we going to start creating a critical mass of activity and animation and economic activity, so you don’t need to go downtown to be in a great environment?

How bike lanes could get Toronto’s suburbs moving

Interesting stuff about cargo trikes.

The Toronto Public Library’s Ebook Jazz

I have been really digging the Libby app that works with OverDrive, which is the ebook system that the TPL uses (as do many libraries). It’s a well done app that works great on phone and iPad reading-wise. On the down side, the system is founded on the artificial scarcity of electronic items, meaning it replicates the “hold” system of physical books – as usual, this is so someone can monetize it. On the plus side, free books! You just have to wait a little, or a lot, depending on what you want. But really, there are always some great, obscure books to be found that have no wait at all. The app also handles audiobooks and I’ve made use of that during this pat leave, taking long walks with the baby in the frigid Canadian winter listening to the icy tales of a doomed arctic expedition. As one does.

There is also a magazine service that uses an app called RBDigital which is not good. It works though, and it means you get pretty much any magazine you want, for free. Furthermore with your TPL card you also get free streaming access to the Criterion Collection, along with many other things I haven’t tried yet – see all of them here. If you live in Toronto you should check it out.

Mayor John Tory blasted for saying it’s ‘unusual’ for Toronto parents to live without a car

To save you a click: it’s not.

Toronto serial killer suspect now faces five first-degree murder charges

Scarborough Subway Escapes Scrutiny Despite Mistakes and Missteps

What an embarrassment

People City prompts a journey down memory lane

Transit now rules the road as King Street pilot project launches

Surprisingly, it seems like a success so far? I hope enforcement keeps up

Toronto condo prices reach new heights

$1,000 per square foot. Scary thought re future affordability:

“An average 800 square foot condo is going to have to rent for around $4,000 a month just for that investor to break even.”

Here’s the finished film.

Something Ed and I have been working on

‘You can’t silence me’: Parking officer’s Twitter account suspended by Toronto Police

Terrible. The only police account I followed.

Call it grody, call it grungy but The Green Room has been a back-alley oasis: Keenan

I have fond memories of this place

A majority of Torontonians now identify themselves as visible minorities, census shows

Back to the future: Google’s vision for Toronto is straight out of the 19th century

Even if the negotiations fall apart thanks to Google’s demands or the city’s recalcitrance, there’s still good news: the most important parts of Sidewalk’s plans, the parts that would most determine whether the city’s eastern waterfront becomes a livable, green place that could accommodate Toronto’s burgeoning growth, don’t require Google’s impressive piles of money at all. The city could do it on its own — if it actually wants to.

There’s also this article from John Lorinc. The conclusion I’m coming to is that the plans aren’t bad – it’s Google’s involvement that makes them dodgy.

Toronto’s ‘city of the future’ is being built next to a relic of our past

In search of the elusive Lawren Harris “Toronto House”

I had no idea Harris painted city life.

Want Amazon’s new HQ in your town? Must have bike lanes, says Amazon

Awesome.

Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death

That’s great, but I hate how the Liberals don’t do anything unless there’s an election on the horizon. They could have saved lives by doing this years ago.

How chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat tried to stop the Scarborough subway

As the top bureaucrat announces her departure from city hall, the untold story of how she tried but failed to prevent what’s been called the city’s biggest transit “boondoggle” can be found in her email inbox

Toronto’s outspoken chief planner quits

How an urban farming collective is planting seeds of change