Archive for November, 2009

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Toronto Star article on west Toronto house prices

Toronto Star article on west Toronto house prices

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David Pylyp estate agent' information

2959 Dundas Street West = SWEDISH milk?

03-11-2009 1-01-51 PM

post item sent in by reader John, his comments below in italic…

Urbanscape is moving and the building has been sold. Here is some info on the new owners. I think they will be a great addition to the neighborhood. And, it seems like they value the local architecture. The Junction is quickly becoming a mecca for small, independent interior design stores.

from the new owners blog a bit about the kit they will be offering…

….we are realizing with 3 living and 3 dining sets (to meet 3 price points), PLUS an awesome children’s section, kitchenware, antique/vintage rugs, home accessories and lighting, we are going to need to use all of our first floor space, so thank goodness it stretches back to about double the size you see here.

and this blogs comments…

If the people opening the store are using the letters in the name of their store for the Swedish word for milk, I think the store is named milk.

….here is  a link to the duos blog here with the why and how posts – quite good – it’s well worth looking at. and here a link to their post on the building.

Why look at their blog and get an idea of what they plan to offer and do?

…well a reading of their site gives a great sign they they have a deep interest  in the made object and the ornamentation of design, all things that have deep roots in the Junction, and for seriously bad reasons started to drift away starting in the 50’s. The greater Junction still had it’s quirky manufacturing sites, but the persons living as makers and designers in the Junction had all but moved out by the late 70’s and a very small few remained until the about 1984, with even few riding out the entire era.

Recently although in the past five years many more have moved into the Junction buoyed by the availability of reasonable studio lodgings and for a few cheap retail space rents.  Yet the Junction still suffers from a becoming cohesive whole in  the one area it commends itself on, …being a mark making made here cultural entity.

If this effort stays true to remarks on their blog it could tremendously  contribute to making a bit of its past craft and object glory become part its current existence.

Oh, and from the craft perspective the line about 3 price points is great – as the fine craft design movement has almost destroyed itself in Toronto in the past 10 years not addressing this issue, so a store pro porting to love the made object and price points is extra good.

The owners choice of Studio Junction is a great one also as the principal of the studio is deeply ingrained in the woodworking and design community, and their wording indicates they are will to take in some ideas from the excellent studio, it could end up being one of the best designed stores in the Junction

The author of this post has purposely stayed away from interpreting the new stores owners blog as much as possible for this post. Hoping people would go their and read it for themselves.

The Village by High Park, shows it's street presence


The options for homes condo building closest to Keele St. is  showing what the new buildings shear scale will mean to the stretch of Keele St. directly in front of the development.

No real setback from the street appears to be present that will allow for stop and talk on the Keele St. side, which could be a good thing as Keele St. in this area is really becoming a pass through arterial road in a big way. Hopefully the new east – west alignments of the  two new building fronts will  result in a new role for “hill road” that existed on the site for so long. If new retail at the base of the building is put in it could help bring the area directly into the community.

Iron Core gym ad


Quebec and Dundas St West. at approx 4pm Monday afternoon.

When 1st seen it appeared this was part of movie production. But now a “we said no parking sign” has been placed by the car- so this is simply a publicity garnering effort by the gym.

Garnering the kind of media attention that will support your business development objectives, it is the value of the story you bring, not the slick way that it is packaged, that will get the attention of the editors

Runnymede Healthcare Centre starts hoarding of old building


Runnymede Healthcare Centre recently opened a new building which sets down into the community street really well, looking at he new building from the two flanking residential streets and the two commercial arterial road.

Recently hoarding has appeared along the St Johns Road face of the old building, for what reason?

Parkdale Residents Association AGM, dates and speaker listing

Thursday Nov. 12, 7pm at May Robinson Auditorium (20 West Lodge Ave.) the RA will be  electing PRA Officers and Executive for 2010, as well as having to speakers .

This year we have two featured speakers:

  • Joe Fiorito is a city columnist for the Toronto Star newspaper. He won Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Columns in 1995.  He is the author of five books. His novel, ‘The Song Beneath The Ice’, won the City of Toronto Book Award in 2003.  His most recent book, ‘Union Station’ is an appreciation of the city of Toronto, based in part on the newspaper column he writes three times a week in the Star.”
  • Gord Perks – Your Ward 14 City Councillor will give his annual ‘state of the union’ report and look forward to the coming action-packed year in our neighbourhood and across the city.

We will also be electing PRA Officers and Executive for 2010.  If you wish to get more intimately involved with your Residents Association, joining our executive or volunteer group is an ideal way to start.

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