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5 key Toronto issues at stake in the federal election

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 31, 2015

federal election toronto 2015Toronto is the most important city in Canada--NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said so. We knew that already, of course, but it's nice to have our collective ego stroked by the feds for once. As Canada's largest city and a central component of the country's economy, Toronto faces a number of unique situations that will be directly affected by the outcome of the October 19.

From public transit to affordable housing and the possibility of hosting an Olympics, here are 5 key Toronto issues to watch during the election.

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5 Toronto streets that were wiped off the map

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 30, 2015

lost streets torontoIt's not just buildings that get demolished in Toronto. Sometimes entire streets go the way of the wrecker, too. During the days of mega block construction projects like New City Hall, the Eaton Centre, TD Centre, and First Canadian Place in the 1960s and 1970s, numerous streets were entirely swept away, most of them in the downtown core or in heavily industrial areas.

In some cases, small fragments survived. Louisa Street (pictured above,) which was once a principal east-west street through The Ward, now only remains in a heavily truncated form behind Old City Hall. In most other examples, streets squashed by mega construction projects vanished entirely.

Here are five Toronto streets that didn't make it to 2015.

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A snapshot of Yonge and Bloor in the 1960s

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 29, 2015

toronto yonge bloorThe Yonge and Bloor of the 1960s is almost unrecognizable from the increasingly high-rise intersection of 2015.

For about 10 years between the completion of the Yonge line and the opening of the Bloor-Danforth subway, the area was dominated by a large surface level streetcar-to-subway transfer area that allowed riders to descend into the subway via a set of stairs in the middle of Bloor St.

The buildings at each of the corners were small: no more than six storeys. In a few years, when 1 Bloor West is completed, the average floor count of the buildings at Yonge and Bloor could be closer to 56.

This is what Toronto's densest public transit crossroads looked like when it was young.

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What a $10 million house looks like in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 28, 2015

toronto 10 million houseFor most people, $10 million is an utterly incomprehensible amount of money. Think of it like this: say your household income is $75,000 a year (roughly the national average,) it would take 133 years for your bank statement to show eight figures. Assuming somehow your household earns $76K your entire working life, plus retirement, $10M still represents roughly more than two lifetimes work, without taxes or spending.

And yet here are five Toronto homes priced at that astronomical figure. Enjoy looking around, because you will never live in any of them.

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Road closures in Toronto: August 29-30 2015

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 28, 2015

toronto road closuresRoad closures in Toronto for the weekend of August 29 and 30 rounds up the key transportation shut-downs affecting the city, including street and TTC closures.

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Tape measure street art on Spadina gets erased (again)

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 26, 2015

tape measure street artAnother salvo has been fired in the bizarre ongoing battle between two artists at the corner of Spadina and Richmond. This morning, for the second time in less than a year, a work crew armed with a pressure washer has scrubbed away a colourful tape measure painted at the street corner by artist Victor Fraser.

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