Archive for January, 2010

New! Carleton Village Residents Association website

Carleton Village

The Carleton Village Residents Association started a web site

ya!

Carleton Village Residents Association site <– link

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One of benefits of a RA is the ability of the group to be a connecting agency for the people of a community run by the people of a community, in effect being a headquarters for planning government appeals and  meshing together the common and opposing wants and needs in a community to a better whole.
(text by this blog and may not represent the option of the aforementioned RA 🙂



Carleton Village Residents Association site

The Village by High Park, naming poll

vbhp poll Don’t much about this but it appears the purchasers of the X The Village by High Park condominium units are conducting a poll to name their building.

answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2611139/

New store in the Junction eh?

new-junction-store

The post from a few days ago about the opening of new gift and periodical store generated a lot of discussion regarding retailing in the Junction. As well it led to a discussion about the failure to continue of the Gingerbread Cafe and the Acme candy store. Like many other community blog runners the creation of discussion within the community is one of the hopes I had for this blog, and the discussion about the candy store and the café was great, and I for one read a lot of new information.

The conversation did not turn however to the idea of a gift and magazine store such as the ones spotting up Queen St West in opening up in the Junction. I for one would really  like a magazines and newspapers, section as it is now impossible to buy art, design or political magazines in the Junction. Yet can the Junction support this?

Also after receiving the request to post I began wonder what would  a gift store tailored to the Junction look like. …bespoke craft based? …import based as the new Scandinavian themed store. … gadget techno based?

this post was the original post, and from the requester email…

“to open a gift shop at Dundas and Keele this spring, since I found when I was living in the Junction there was a very limited amount of places to shop, and a tonne of awesome design savvy people having to go down to Queen W or Bloor W to buy a gift or magazine etc.”

Wise Daughters celebrates 1 year in business

Mary’s text

Hope to see you all this Sat, Jan 30 from 11 – 6 as I celebrate my 1st year in business.

Every visitor to the shop is welcome to fill out a ballot to win one of over 15 wonderful prizes, donated by Wise Daughters’ talented artists.  Those are pretty good odds!  One lucky winner will take home an original piece of framed encaustic art by Supria Karmakar.

The specially named “Keith Jolie and the Wise Daughters” will perform in the afternoon.  If you were here on opening day last year, you’ll remember how awesome this band is.  There will be fresh baked treats to snack on while you listen, too.

The shop is freshly stocked with all kinds of great merchandise, so check out what’s new.

At 8 pm, come on back for Nation of Irony Mongers, a romp through the history of Canadian humour, written and performed by Neil Ross.  You’ll discover why satire is integral to Canadian democracy, and how irony keeps us from killing each other during the long winter months/black fly season.  $12, reservations recommended.

Mary

The Village by High Park, move in dock

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The view as you would be backing in to the area to unload and move in (the temp poles are only for construction purposes) The door to the left leads to the elevators

Moving in to the project will be real different from many of the high rises in the high Park Junction community with an in door move in area.

sight line of the load in ramp

sight line of the load in ramp

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Pedestrian traffic issues spur our councillor

Our Coun. Bill Saundercook speaking thoughfully and concernedabout the current pedestrian traffic deaths

Our Coun. Bill Saundercook speaking thoughfully and concerned about the current pedestrian traffic deaths

from the CTV site article

Regular readers of this blog will have noted thus authors great interest in public and pedestrian space in the Junction. So it is with almost glee that the issue of pedestrian safety and by associatation pedestrian rights to the public travel routes realm has come to the forefront across the city by our local  councillor.

Disclosure: Coun. Bill Saundercook is the chair of the Junction Forum for Arts and Culture which I – the author of this post am a board member of.

from the CTV site article

26-01-2010 9-01-41 PM

New shop opening in the Junction concerning Design!

Hi there,

I have been reading your blog for what seems like at least a few years now and I really love it.  My name is Micah, I used to live in the Junction on Vine Ave.  I have since moved to Parkdale but I continue to be involved in the Junction community.  I am trying to open a gift shop at Dundas and Keele this spring, since I found when I was living in the Junction there was a very limited amount of places to shop, and a tonne of awesome design savvy people having to go down to Queen W or Bloor W to buy a gift or magazine etc.  Anyway, I am at the tail end of my business plan writing and I need to send out a survey to residents and patrons of the Junction, and I couldn’t think of a better way to reach those people than through the Junctioneer.  If you wouldn’t mind posting this link to my survey on your blog I would greatly appreciate it.
graphic by the blog not the sender of the post inspired by the book Objects of Desire: Design and Society Since 1750

graphic by the blog not the sender of the post inspired by the book Objects of Desire: Design and Society Since 1750

The blog has received a request from a upcoming new retailer in the Junction to post a link to the survey about the new retail effort.

They mention the stocking of magazines in store, I anm excited and hope they stock Harvard Design magazine and the ART Newspaper.

The request

Hi there,

I have been reading your blog for what seems like at least a few years now and I really love it.  My name is Micah, I used to live in the Junction on Vine Ave.  I have since moved to Parkdale but I continue to be involved in the Junction community.  I am trying to open a gift shop at Dundas and Keele this spring, since I found when I was living in the Junction there was a very limited amount of places to shop, and a tonne of awesome design savvy people having to go down to Queen W or Bloor W to buy a gift or magazine etc.  Anyway, I am at the tail end of my business plan writing and I need to send out a survey to residents and patrons of the Junction, and I couldn’t think of a better way to reach those people than through the Junctioneer.  If you wouldn’t mind posting this link to my survey on your blog I would greatly appreciate it.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/3N637V8

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

Today we have a post sent in by a blog reader (Patrick), I watched the video, it is quite interesting.

Heres the text he sent along with the link

As a Junction resident (Mulock Avenue), I’m obviously VERY concerned about the pile-driving and destructive plans for the rails.  Today I happened to watch a fantastic presentation on “geo-medicine”, which makes the case for attention to where you live, being as important as your genes, your diet, your exercise, etc.25-01-2010 2-59-41 PM

Not especially damning for the project, but definitely useful in explaining the situation:

www.ted.com/talks/bill_davenhall_your_health_depends_on_where_you_live.html

A History of the World in 100 Objects

ahow

www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow

Normally I don’t post items about art and craft an area that normally dominates my days… and well nights.

Yet this audio program from the BBC is great and I cannot help but think about the Junction areas long history of craft and making whilst listening to it. So I got excited and wanted to share it with you,  and if you are out their the owner of old Majestic glass store on Dundas St, (Now the local BIA office) where my interest in making began.

The Village by High Park, water – fire and domestic use

In todays Village by High Park video  Sean McCaffrey the senior site superintendent for Deltera  provide a audiovisual tour of the mechanical systems for domestic and fire water use.

Next week more about the storm water collection and the design plan for the 100 year strom factor.

…oh and a new view image

Looking west

Looking west

A exciting new view of eele St and the subway train overpass from the TOP!  yes from the TOP!

A exciting new view of Keele St and the subway train overpass from the TOP! yes from the TOP! of the subway