Archive for March, 2012

Calamity 13, city decides it cannot move fast enough to accept 300 thousand dollar Jamie Bell fire donations.

Offer of a $300,000 new High Park playground stumbles at city hall… Ouch

Yes public consultation is necessary for the rebuild of the play structure of the Jamie Bell Playground.

This blog would bet that the planned High Park residents association Monday April 2nd will be packed. Probably it should be viewed as the initial community consultation meeting by the local council members for wards 13 and 14. Both sets of members could assist and give support to city staff to classify this meeting as a community consultation.

City staff are skilled at understanding the mechanisms of city regulations, usually much better than the elected persons.

Fact: After the last city workers strike, city staff expedited all the permits for host of arts festivals and council member motions of support were passed in days.

To cover the thoughts and opinions of all recently concerned staff and the council
members could attend any other community meetings, to ensure voices are heard.

Really is it not reasonable to think the entire community is aware of the situation, and views it as a community priority.

In all of this, just look at the excellent and smart work the High Park RA is doing about this issue, let’s all go to the meeting and support them.

Here is an outtake from their opinions and activities from the Toronto Star article.

But Jeff Derksen, chair of the High Park Residents’ Association, said his group and the companies already held one consultation meeting, attended by some 80 people on 24 hours’ notice, and expected 200 at another meeting they scheduled. They also organized four brainstorming sessions with local children.

“I understand that the city would like to follow a process it knows well internally. I personally don’t understand why there wouldn’t be a process exception given the exceptional nature of the generosity that’s being offered by people whose work this is,” Derksen said.

News of the city’s decision spread Friday via a Facebook group dedicated to the rebuilding effort. One resident called it “sad and heartbreaking.” Wrote another: “Foolish bureaucracy!”

Link to complete article on the Toronto star site

Old High Park Familly fun place to become RPM Spinning Site?

Unconfirmed by the now empty space at the north east corner of Dundas and Pacific Ave. will
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2109 Bloor Street West
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High Park Playground meeting

Urban ag rules changing in some areas to allow a host of farming activities

While Toronto hums and sways, on local food creation urban life in other cities moves to encompass the closer to home food sourcing movement.

Farm factories – using disused industrial buildings, roof gardens to grow food stuffs, provide local wholesome 🙂 employment that is also exciting are directions many people would like to see happen, if the number of blogs, groups and people who are vocal about this are to listened to.

Link to full article

Spacing magazine has a great article on Laneway housing

Vine Parkette the external gym.

A local gym is using Vine Parkette as a out door workout area, my we are becoming so Brooklyn.

Martino Brothers Collision alters their iconic building

Since 1955 Martino Brothers Collision CSN has been a fixture in the Junction both for its business of auto body repair and the white enameled purpose build building it occupies.

Now they are altering the building, seeming adding a second floor in the north west corner of the building.

Gone are the long vertical windows on this side if the building.

If the greater Junction area ever had a beautiful brutalist building this building this is it.

3379 Dundas Street West still has it direct Dundas St flank in situ with just a minor window alteration. Still there are the full height vertical setbacks which identify this building.

Breakfast in Parkdale on Queen St West

A while a eggsmart eatery appeared next to the Easy restaurant on Queen St West.

A great location you can get stated and known from the weekend overflow from Easy.

This set of building two buildings left wanting

Once in a while the builders of spec buildings in the greater Junction area have melded two rather mundane structures they have built. Usually this has been accomplished by the facade in the greater junction area.

Right now you can see this in the partly removed facades of two buildings along Dundas St W. near Gilmore Ave on the south side.

Looking at the images above you can clearly see the ghost images of the facade that crossed these two buildings.

You can can also see the simple I beam that supported the weigh of the structure above the doorways .

The facade detail was intended to cover this steel as well as provide a decorative feature.

Really hope the removed part comes back.

Walkable cities can reduce crime …from the this big city blog

Every city has at least a few streets where you won’t feel completely safe from crime. This might be due to several factors, such as the time of day, who you’re with or the reputation of the area. Research has shown that ‘fear of crime’ affects urban walkability, but now a new project has shown that the reverse may also be true: that improving the walkability of a street can reduce the number of crimes in an area.

Testing Broken Windows

Since the 1980s the ‘broken window theory‘ has been widely debated in criminology and government policy. The theory suggests that the quality of the urban environment, such as the presence of broken windows, may encourage vandalism and escalation into more serious crime. Now a new project in the Netherlands could be about to provide some much needed proof for this theory.-

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