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10 Toronto themed holiday gift ideas

Posted by Derek Flack / December 17, 2014

Toronto themed giftsWhat do you get the Toronto-lover on your list? We've already covered wish lists for music fans and fashionistas, home cooks, boozehounds, and sweet tooths, but this one is for the local geeks who drool at the thought of TTC merch and vintage maps that still show the traces of Garrison Creek. Even if you have someone who's only passingly interested in the city on your list, the design work on display here is sure to make them happy.

Here are 10 holiday gift ideas for the Toronto lover on your list.

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10 quirky things you didn't know about Yorkville

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 17, 2014

toronto yorkvilleNo neighbourhood in Toronto has undergone a more seismic aesthetic and ideological shift as Yorkville over the the last 50 years. What started as an independent, working class village north of Toronto became Canada's Greenwich Village, a mecca for hippies and alternative lifestyles in the 1960s. A few decades later, the bare feet and cafes had been replaced by designer clothing stores and high-end hotels.

Here are 10 quirky things you didn't know about Yorkville.

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House of the week: 6A Brockton Avenue

Posted by Derek Flack / December 16, 2014

6a Brockton TorontoThis super-modern home at 6A Brockton Avenue is back on the market after making the rounds roughly four years ago. Noteworthy as the residence of well-known interior designer Elaine Cecconi, the house has now been re-listed at the same asking price as it was before -- $2,250,000 -- after initially being posted at $2,400,000. Given the rise of Brockton Village, the flat-lined asking price is probably worth a raised eyebrow.

It's surprising because there's not much to dislike here. While the house is listed well above what neighbouring properties go for, it's obviously unique to the neighbourhood and a contemporary design lover's wet dream. Perhaps the whole all-white thing bothers some people, but it's not without a touch of class.

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TTC finally expands scope of credit and debit sales

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 16, 2014

toronto ttcThe TTC will soon accept credit and debit cards at subway fare booths for sets of 10 tokens or more, the transit commission has announced. It was reported earlier that payments over $10 would be accepted, but that appears not to be the case.

Right now, credit and debit cards are only accepted for weekly or monthly passes. Under the new rules, riders will be able to purchase day passes and tokens in quantities of 10, 20, or 50 with a Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Interac card.

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The top 10 new Toronto condo developments of 2014

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 15, 2014

toronto condo river cityThe Toronto condo boom might be showing signs of slowing, but 2014 still yielded a bumper crop of quality residences. From the architecturally stunning final phase of the River City project to the triangular Howard Park condos on Dundas St. W., many of the buildings we'll see rising out of the ground in the next few years will become welcome additions to the city's increasingly eclectic skyline.

Here are my picks for the top condo developments of 2014 in Toronto.

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10 things you didn't know about Chinatown in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 14, 2014

toronto spadina dundasToday, the main Chinatown in Toronto is centred around Spadina and Dundas, but it wasn't always that way. The city's first predominately Chinese neighbourhood was once anchored around a now-demolished portion of Elizabeth St., where City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square stand today. Over the years, the community shifted west and smaller Chinatowns, like the one at Gerrard and Broadview, have appeared. Chinatown's home, it seems, is where the heart is.

Here are 10 things you didn't know about Toronto's various Chinatowns.

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