The artist of this piece of functional street art has completed her work, and Spadina is more colourful as a result!
Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Han Dong's Summer Newsletter has three Heritage Walking Tours listed but the Workers' History tour caught my eye. It starts at Spadina and College (southeast corner) and finishes at Queen. The tour might head south on Beverly near the AGO and pass in front of the historic Chinese Garment Workers' building:
A $10 contribution from those participating is appreciated. Please forward any photos from the tour on the history of the neighbourhood for posting to this blog. Enjoy the walk!
A Toronto entrepreneur! Cycles at 707 Dundas is a full service bike shop. If you're outside the 'hood and need a tune up or other assistance, stop by and say hello to the owner. Thanks for the chat!
Congratulations on another successful gathering courtesy of the Laneway Project! Rush Lane between Augusta and Portland was the place to be Sunday with hundreds of people enjoying laneway life. Activities included brightening up waste bins, games of giant checkers, Jenga, and ping pong, and a record swap, but it was the fabulous drumming and live music which helped maintain the vibe throughout the afternoon. Food was laid on by members of the Queen Street BIA and drink stations were there to quench a thirst, all helped add colour and bring excitement to the 'hood. Even the Alex Wilson Community Garden, welcomed many visitors appreciative of the green space in this corner of the city. Thanks to all for coming, and cheers again!
City Council passed this proposal 35:4 on July 7th with one significant amendment ... that licensed taxicabs be exempted from through-movement prohibitions from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM "to aid in safely and effectively dissipating people from nightlife activity on King Street West". To read the entire history and wording of this item, access:
Great windows from DeSerres on Spadina. This one is full of colour - Yay Pride indeed!
As a cyclist I just had to stop. Canadian pride since 1908. Congratulations DeSerres, and Happy 150!
Once again, Camden is the place to be! Staff of the Playwrights Guild of Canada join Sonia from Avenue Open Kitchen with their sign, 'Woodland Play Walk'. This was the starting point for a gathering of playwrights who were heading out to the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford/Six Nations for a unique event. Once on the bus, playwrights were able to curate their own path by choosing readings by each of five talented Canadian playwrights. Thanks for the warm welcome!
Gardeners and neighbours alike are thrilled the protective fence is down with new plantings in place, the gorgeous new sheds, boardwalk and railing, but above all, the chance to be back in the garden.
Proposed changes for King Street are brave and dramatic. At the public meeting held this past Thursday, the details were unveiled. Generally, the 2.6 kilometre stretch between Bathurst and Jarvis will prioritize streetcars by restricting movement of vehicular traffic. Specifically, cars will also be prohibited from making any left hand turns from King – and – cars will be forced to turn right at, instead of proceeding through, each intersection.
A GDNA member, Sylvia Chan, attended this meeting and took some additional photos which show how movement through specific intersections will be managed:
Welcome news came Monday evening from Councillor Cressy's office that Toronto Hydro has made our crossed power line situation a priority, which means work is expected to be completed sometime Thursday, May 4. That is great news, especially as this seems to fall on an evening when the diesel fumes are the worst yet. I don't know enough about diesel exhaust to state if it's the quality of the diesel fuel or accumulation of exhaust that is causing such a severe drop in air quality. If may well be this "quieter" generator is lacking advanced emission control technology. If you are finding a similar situation with air quality, it doesn't hurt to write or call 311, and please copy our Councillor's office. We are on the home stretch but having a complete assessment of what has gone on since April 21 and the impact is useful for many reasons.