Archive for September, 2008

Less urban fringe growth affects inner WTO Councillors wards

Driving west on the Gardiner Expressway you can four condo cranes south of the roadway, Councillors in WTO really need to look fast and hard at the issue of the quick rise in numbers of the condos, as it will greatly affect all residents. Condominiums will be greater in number in housing units as compared to standalone homes. Yet right now the city is orientated to single standalone homes followed by apartment blocks. Is the WTO going to be ready with services for the change?

Backgrounder info: click links below

A few days ago the Globe published story – For the first time in generations, developers are now building as much housing inside city limits as they are in outlying suburbs, also it states the age of urban sprwal in Toronto may be over.

This article [opens in new window] from the magazine Canadian Architect speaks to the issue of what’s being built doesn’t challenge any precepts of basic housing. yet the City of Toronto is changing at a rapid rate.

Friday Sept 26th Vine Parkette talk to the parks people about the new stuff.

Vine parkette progress

During the upcoming week, we will to post in images the progress on Vine parkette’s new play area equipment installion.

Monday Morning

Parts Monday morning

Village by The Park weekend demo shots

Village by The Park a Options for Homes affordable condo development in the Junction is moving along fast with the demo of the old Canadian Tire store. This must be a welcome relief to the many purchasers of the units who have seen the date when they will be able to move in be pushed back.

Condo developers have to take their responsibility to purchasers very seriously and act with concern for their welfare all thought the process of selling them a unit and the later building of the building itself. Pushing back an occupancy date causes purchases to have to rework their housing arrangements so they have a place to live until their unit is ready. This can be very difficult for some people.

These pictures taken from the vantage point of the north side of the development probably provide a view that won’t be there when the building is complete.

Junction Parents blog post on- Breastfeeding clinic funding problems

The Junction Parents blog has an post about Dr. Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding clinic is out of funds… again

From the The Toronto Star click the above link to visit The Junction Parents Blog for a link to the complete story and a link to the clinics site

A renowned Toronto clinic that has helped thousands of mothers successfully breastfeed their infants is pleading for financial help to keep its doors open.

The Newman Breastfeeding Clinic & Institute, which sees about 2,400 mothers a year and is a popular resource for educators and health-care professionals, has been financed privately by a family foundation since 2005.

On Sept. 30 that arrangement will end, clinic founder and pediatrician Dr. Jack Newman said yesterday. The clinic will only be able to operate for a couple of months without more money. Newman is prepared to use his own savings, but only for a little while.

Posted by Robert

Vine parkette Work Friday Sept 17 08

The firm Road savers (Rexdale) is at Vine Parkette today placing forms around the perimeter of playground (old one) to form some sort of concrete curve around the area. About 7 men and few pickups are there at 1:34 pm.

Still most of the public around the Park just has questions and more questions, yes it swell the parks invite the community too a wood spreading event, but we have not been told the timeline of production schedule.

It is quite strange when the contractors doing the work, are the only ones explaining to public what’s happening in their own community park.

Posted by Robert

Village by the Park demo moves fast Friday Sept 19th

Village by the Park demo moves fast Friday Sept 19th with a 3 larger backhoes working against the building. One backhoe has a clasp grapple, while another has a metal shear and a third has concrete demo/crusher attachment.

Most interesting is that they have removed the hoarding from the Keele St. side of  the lot, which great views at the present time.

Call for Urban Development ideas Junction Residents Association committee

Call for Junction Urban Development ideas

On October 9 the Junction Residents Association committee will be conducting a strategy session and we are looking to the community for urban development projects.

All ideas are welcome from the simple (more bike posts) to the over the top (permanent town square). Please also think beyond the physical side of urban development and submit ideas on job creation, enhancement of the arts and heritage preservation.

Please remember the JRA agenda is to strengthen the existing community and promote positive urban development.

Please submit your ideas before September 30 at the email address below;

Requested Post By Martin

a few weeks of Junction park watch

Today we start a new experiment on this blog,

…with all the happenings at various parks in the Junction area, much of it happening without the knowledge, let alone the input of the  people who use the parks and consider them an important part of their lives. It was thought, the time to watch the parks a lot more closely is now.

To do this we gave 5 people who live across or near some parks in the Junction, and are home most days, – some who work from a home office and others who are stay at home parents disposable cameras (all cameras paid for my a Junction industrial business. Thanks) and asked them to take pictures of work being done to their park.

We will collect the images and their reports and post them on the blog, and see what comes of it.

If you want to include a few of your park pics just email them to (we like pics of big parks department trucks)

Posted by Robert

the man says "Toronto continues to grow taller and denser in and around its core" well he's right, maybe some people here will take notice now

Richard Florida the author and upturner of Toronto’s the economy 1st elective and creative classes when he moved to Toronto a year or so ago has posted on his blog the following..

from his blog

Toronto continues to grow taller and denser in and around its core. With 99 new high-rise buildings under construction (second only to New York’s 179 among North American cities) and more than 11,000 new housing unit starts this year, real estate developers are now building as much housing in the center-city as in the suburbs, leading my Globe colleague, John Barber, to pronounce the “age of sprawl has passed.”

On a per capita basis, however, there is currently twice as much high-rise construction in Toronto as there is in New York. On an absolute basis, no other U.S. city is comparable. Chicago has 54 high-rises under construction, Boston has 14 and Atlanta 19.

Toronto is already No. 10 in the ranking of world cities with the most skyscrapers, according to Emporis. Among world cities with more than two million people, it ranks third – behind Hong Kong and Singapore – in most skyscrapers per capita.

Mr Flordia  who has succeed in the last five in having the last word in certain areas of creative development may have choosen the right place to move too.

More about Mr Florida

From wikipedia click here to go his wikipedia page

Research and theories

He is best known for his work in developing his concept of the creative class, and its ramifications in urban regeneration. This research was expressed in Florida’s bestselling book The Rise of the Creative Class, Cities and the Creative Class, and The Flight of the Creative Class. A new book, focusing on the issues surrounding urban renewal and talent migration, titled Who’s Your City?, was recently published.

Prof. Florida’s theory asserts that metropolitan regions with high concentrations of high-tech workers, artists, musicians, lesbians and gay men, and a group he describes as “high bohemians“, correlate with a higher level of economic development. Florida posits the theory that the creative class fosters an open, dynamic, personal and professional environment. This environment, in turn, attracts more creative people, as well as businesses and capital. He suggests that attracting and retaining high-quality talent, versus a singular focus on infrastructure projects such as sports stadiums, iconic buildings, and shopping centers, would be a better primary use of a city’s regeneration resources for long-term prosperity.

He has devised his own ranking systems that rate cities by a “Bohemian index,” a “Gay index,” a “diversity index” and similar criteria.