Archive for May, 2010

Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre is offering a free 20-minute tour of Parkdale as part of Doors Open Toronto.

Parkdale Town Square Tour

The Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre is offering a free 20-minute tour of Parkdale as part of Doors Open Toronto. On the Parkdale Town Square Tour, you will hear a brief talk on the fascinating history of Parkdale, look at the unique architecture of the buildings surrounding the Centre, and see some of contemporary Parkdale’s features.

The tour is offered four times on Doors Open weekend: Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, both at 1 and 3 pm. Tours begin and end at Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St W. at Cowan Ave., between Dufferin and Lansdowne.

The tour will be guided by Parkdalian Clair Culliford.


posts start again Friday the blog is sick

actually me and  need to save energy to play with the 21 month old and be with my wife when not resting

Canada Iron and Metal Co house is no more

Canada Iron and Metal Co at 3534 Dundas Street West  has demolished the house on it’s property in the south east corner. This machine sits upon the footprint of the house.

The house covered in front by trees

A quickie store please

Look at those small signs hailing out  ready made meals, the great calling display of fruit and vegetables in the window. This store seems to provide a lot of services and choice. Some of ready meal to quick needs and others for making a meal.

The goods on offer are all up front too – you can see in the store. The Junction truly needs a store such as this, not that I am requesting a conglomerate such Sobeys to  set up, yet is is not reasonable for the Junction food retailers to learn a bit from the huge amounts companies such as Sobeys spend on design for customers. Or do we needs Sobeys to come in?

Forgotten Bloor St at Pacific Ave

A block of homes in and around Bloor St W at Pacific Ave and on to Oakmont Ave  has sst waiting for redevelopment byWJ Properties for a number of years and now that the last renter has been removed the questions is when will the development start.

Yet for this author while that is an important consideration, the pressing matter at hand is that many in the community view the homes as architecturally unimportant. This view is completely wrong if you have knowledge of the relationship if local west Toronto communities and the housing in the area. A few of these houses have in addition to others elements the last remaining typical veranda types and rear extensions that were in the past commons in the area and have been removed from many houses.

In addition the houses at the corner of Pacific Ave and Bloor St west at the east corner is one of the last remaining purpose built combo doctors office and home buildings.

Not that this author is completely against the redevelopment, but it is perplexing that many people simply states their opinions with incorporating an west local social fabric elements

from a recent Toronto star article

Local councillor, Bill Saundercook, wishes the whole thing would go away: “I’m not happy about what’s happening,” he told the Star. “The zoning permits highrise, but I’d rather they not develop the site. I like the housing stock there. But Heritage Toronto didn’t designate the buildings. Everyone knows the day will come when they’ll be demolished. The city said no you can’t demolish until you have a plan, but I’ve been told there is no such plan. It’s so confusing.”

No doubt about that.

“It’s a damn shame,” says Rollo Myers of The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. “It’s a lovely assembly of buildings. Our position is that every building that’s still standing is worth saving rather than sending off to a landfill. There must be rules.”

Toronto Star article by Mr Hume

The west local gap and rights of access to the waterfront

The west local gap at Parkdale

This author has had the opportunity to walk west and then back again from St Josephs hospital in the past months quite a bit. What really struck during the walks was the what the blog is naming the west local gap – the west ends  portion of a problem that extends across the city.  The gap of continuity of place and neighborhood the Gardiner expressway and the QEW  as well as the Lakeshore Rd create between the west commnities and the waterfront.

The view above taken from the hospitals front is right across from one of the west waterfronts most beautiful areas. To arrive at this area one must walk almost three blocks east past the TTC yards to Queen St – cross to reach a pedestrian bridge, or walk about 4 blocks to the west and cross at 2 sets of lights traveling south.

Should these roads be moved underground?  Yes it would cost but the benefits would out weigh  the cost.

The Boom Times Spring Fling

The West Toronto Junction Historical Society and the Junction Residents Association are sponsors of the Boom Times Spring Fling, a community driven art project. Humberside Collegiate students, mentored by local artists in traditional and non-traditional media, create original art and theatre that will be showcased at Humberside HOOPLA on Thursday June 3rd , 6-9pm.

An Exhibit of the students’ art will be on display at the HOOPLA and at Wise Daughters Craft Market during the month June, starting Saturday June 5th, 2 pm. A Roving Exhibit will be in the Junction throughout the summer at patron businesses.


Go Transit – Electrification Study Update Meeting – Georgetown Corridor

Train passing over an area of the diamond project where the overpass will be.

The update meeting will be held Thursday, May 27th 2010 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Electrification Study progress to date.  The meeting format will consist of a presentation by the Electrification Study Team, followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions and offer feedback on the work completed to date.

The construction and the train

….watching the car wash

The Carwash on Dundas St West, is a busy place, yet watching it lately I wonder if it is a benefit to the community?

All in on with Roncesvalles Ave and it's retailer signs

Roncesvalles Ave and it’s retailer signs.

Talking a walk down the now non obstructed Roncesvalles Ave roadway, you may enjoy looking at mix of signs both advertorial and the placemarking ones (such as the wall mural above.

Combined with a whole lot of retailers who push out onto the street with flowers and veg, a spring walk along the st is quite enjoyable. The area is more rushed with walkers than the Junction but less than Bloor West Village.