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5 ways Toronto could improve its laneway spaces

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 27, 2014

toronto lanewayThere are 250 kilometres of laneways in Toronto and almost all of them are underused, according to a non-profit that's trying to tap the potential of the city's back streets. Rather than using alleys for garbage collection and car storage, laneways could be transformed into bicycle thoroughfares, gathering places, markets, miniature strips of bars and cafes, even residential neighbourhoods with just a few tweaks of the rules, they say.

"There's no more space for low-rise residential housing in the city and as a result the cost of low-rise residential is going through the roof," says Ariana Cancelli from The Laneway Project. "Allowing laneway housing is one way to increase the amount of low-rise residential in the city, and that seems to be what people want."

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Toronto ranked 9th best city in the world to be a student

Posted by Derek Flack / November 26, 2014

20141126-students-toronto.jpgToronto is one of the best cities in the world to be a student according to a new report in the Guardian. In a global ranking of student-friendly cities, our fair town comes in at an impressive ninth, up four spots from last year's report. Other cities to make the top 10 include Paris, Melbourne, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, Boston, Tokyo, Montreal, and Seoul.

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10 quirky things to know about Riverdale and Leslieville

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 26, 2014

Lesliville TorontoWho says nothing interesting ever happens beyond the Don? Over the last century or so, Toronto's east end neighbourhoods have provided the setting for some of the city's ugliest history: capital punishment in the form of public jailhouse hangings, and the isolation of "idiots" and "the idle" in jail-like buildings away from the general population.

But it's been not all doom and gloom, of course. Riverdale was also home to the city's first baseball stadium, a popular place called Sunlight Park that overlooked the river, and a Leslieville tree may have inspired a poem so popular that it almost became Canada's national anthem.

Here are 10 quirky things to know about Riverdale and Leslieville.

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City scrubs inventive street art at Richmond & Spadina

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 26, 2014

toronto tape measureA piece of a popular landmark at Richmond and Spadina is no more. A graffiti removal team hired by the City of Toronto has erased the 25 metre painted tape measure that wrapped around the northwest corner of the intersection, leaving only the original engraved markings.

City spokesman Shane Gerard said the work was scrubbed at the request of Stephen Cruise, the artist behind the colourful bronze thimble and buttons that also populate the corner. Cruise's piece, which was commissioned by the city in 1997, included subtle tape measure markings etched into the concrete sidewalk, but artist Victor Fraser added the colours and additional details in 2006.

The work was carried out Nov. 6 and 10 at a cost of $623, Gerard said.

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House of the week: 19 Maple Avenue

Posted by Derek Flack / November 25, 2014

19 Maple Avenue Toronto19 Maple Avenue is a classic Rosedale home that boasts many of the benefits of residing in one of Toronto ritziest neighbourhoods. The house itself is gorgeous, with historical bones and a fresh renovation that combines a sensibility for heritage with a flare for modern design (case in point: the kitchen). It's also close to transit (about a five minute walk to Sherbourne Station) and plenty of green space, not to mention a private driveway with a carport.

Yes, many of these Rosedale homes offer the complete package (or near to it), which is invariably reflected in their listing prices. This house hit the market at just shy of $3 million, which actually seems reasonable when you consider where the million dollar mark sits in Toronto.

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Wild winds blast through Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 24, 2014

toronto windMonster winds are rocking Toronto this evening, knocking down trees and hydro poles, and leaving pockets of the city in darkness. There have also been isolated road closures in the west end due to danger from blowing debris.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning earlier this afternoon, calling for gusts of up to 100 km/h through the evening and into the night. So far, blasts of up to 80 km/h have been recorded within the City of Toronto. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 1 degree later tonight.

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