Archive for June, 2019

Yonge st block begins it’s transformation

Yonge St block at Elm St. begins it’s transformation to what can be called a condo village. An unusual development situation is occurring on Yonge St currently and though the next five years as multiple condos are being built on both sides of the street.

The 350 block on both the west and east side of the street as well as though to CHELSEA HOTEL 
will be building a series of condos, with 2 74 story condos at 356 Yonge. Presently the site at 370 Yonge current is preparing the east side site by preserving the old historical building facades.

The Chelsea Hotel will continue to operate and be the final site to be reworked into a condo.

Yonge st. crime scene with shell casings causing retail havoc with local stores and construction. Crime occurred around 5:50 am.

Yonge  st. crime scene with shell casings causing retail havoc with local stores and construction. Crime occurred around 5:50 am.

Park people has sponsored a Canadian City Parks Report here is a sponsored article about in parkspeople is a non-profit.

Canadian City Parks Report: Report shows data gap around changing park use

Sponsored by Park People
Canadians have long enjoyed their city parks as places to connect with nature, meet neighbours, and play sports. However, Park People’s new Canadian City Parks Report reveals that as our cities change (as a result of population growth, increasing density, and demographic shifts), the way we use our parks is changing, too.
The newly released report highlights that increasing pressure is being placed on parks departments across Canada to respond to new demands. At the same time, they are being asked to keep budgets tight, essentially being asked to do more with less each year.

Residents across Canada are demanding new programming, more naturalized experiences, greater accessibility, and new ways to get involved in their parks.
For example, residents are demanding more space in parks for unstructured, spontaneous uses (such as hanging out with friends and family) over more structured spaces (such as baseball diamonds).
As park use moves more in this direction, and toward more varied uses, data that has historically been used to understand park use (sports field bookings and permits, for example) will not be able to capture the full spectrum of how people are using parks. And, in times of budget constraints, ensuring cities spend scarce dollars on the right amenities and programming is critical.
This was one of the key findings from the first annual Canadian City Parks Report, released in June. The report gathers data from 23 cities spanning Victoria, British Columbia to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to uncover common challenges, trends, and shine a spotlight on creative made-in-Canada solutions.
Parks staff want and need to know how parks are actually being used, when, how much, and by whom. This data, however, is often difficult and expensive to capture. Cities across Canada struggle with consistent and reliable methods to measure actual park use.
Some cities, such as Montreal, Lethbridge, and Guelph, are experimenting with sensors in certain parks that can perform people counts, providing at least some usage numbers.
However, the report shows that only 17 percent of cities had conducted a behavioural observation study of park use, such as a public life study. These studies record the actual activities taking place in parks – playing, relaxing, socializing – to provide a snapshot of use. This data is critical for helping cities better plan, design, and program parks as demographics and park use change.
Both Toronto and Vancouver have invested in large-scale public life studies in the last two years, using volunteers to capture information about behaviour in parks. This data is then fed into planning documents, such as Vancouver’s plan for downtown public spaces. Toronto is now building public life studies into new park revitalization projects to ensure park designs are based on data about actual usage.
Understanding who uses public spaces – and, by extension, who’s not using them – can provide important insights into people’s perceptions of safety or how welcome they feel in a certain space. Documenting real-world park use can uncover surprise activities and also indicate what amenities might be missing; people dragging picnic tables together to host large family picnics might be an example.
Counting matters. Cities often have granular data related to transit wait times, traffic patterns, and even the amount of water leaking from pipes. We should be taking a similar approach with our public spaces. MW
The Canadian City Parks Report is generously funded by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Find the report at

taking the Canadian Tire store to build Heinzman Place from the blog 2008

Development Watch – old Keele Street Canadian Tire Store
By junctioneer On July 28, 2008

In Streetlevel, The Junction With 1 Comment Permanent Link to Development Watch – old Keele Street Canadian Tire StorePermalink The junction devoid of condo product – a sure hit for all – thoughts on junction condo development Deconstruction of the old Keele Street Canadian Tire Store is slowly moving along, rather slowly actually, with many days of seemingly nothing happening, hopefully they will keep to their build schedule as this affordable condo project will greatly change the character – for the better of the Keele St. and Dundas St. corner for the better.

In terms of anticipated success though, it surely is a win situation, even for a for-profit builder to have taken on. The current project is being developed by a not-for-profit developer (Options for Homes). The location of the former Canadian Tire Store and further back in time an A&P grocery store is selectivity brilliant, not only for its junction address, but for the views afforded by it’s location south to High Park and East to the core of the city. Also the site is a sloped, a wonderful design feature in terms of walking to, out and around the building. Hopefully they make great use of this feature with their landscaping. Another reason the project is welcomed to the neighborhood is because it replaces an empty building of no real importance to the history of the community, a building which sat vacant for years. The building’s units in terms of size are favorable with other condo projects of the same size and are reasonably affordable at a time when gigantic and expensive condos are in unprecedented demand in many parts of the west of Toronto.

Complete archives Apr 2008 to sept 2017 here

Complete archives Apr 2008 to sept 2017 here

or it may be best to start from the archives subject and date of posts listing page

St Lawerence Market new north building site see arrival of excavator

St Lawerence Market new north building site see arrival of excavator 
Looking north 

June 28 2019

THU, OCT 10 AT 8 PM Massey Hall presents Justin Rutledge at Mod Club

Does he not look like a young Tom Jones? 

Tel: 6475705039

elementary students Starts tomorrow resumes

First day of classes for all students is September 3, 2019
The last day of class for elementary students is June 25, 2020

Ecokit offers innovative, eco-friendly, techno-rich housing in a box

Ecokit offers innovative, eco-friendly, techno-rich housing in a box, Ecokit, the product of sisters Camilla and Pavla, is a house in a box— more or less. The manufacturing process involves each of the more than 4,000 parts to be designed and cut by a single-arm robot or programmed CNC machine.

After manufacturing, the flat pieces are boxed and loaded into a shipping container that is then delivered to the desired site.

Experimental timber prototype champions sustainable modular housing for the masses

Experimental timber prototype champions sustainable modular housing for the masses