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Topping Off March 2013: What's Hot on UrbanToronto

Toronto skyline
April 2, 2013 1:50 pm | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
There remains almost no area in the city that is immune to Toronto's densification. Beyond the core, there is pressure to develop the waterfront, underused parcels, derelict lands, and the overall ... read more

Then and Now: China Court

China Court, Toronto, circa 1980
April 2, 2013 9:20 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. China Court. Spadina Avenue. Construction finished on this about 1980 or so. The building on the left was repurposed from a factory whose purpose I can't remember anymore. Housekeeping on ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013 9:15 am | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
Metrolinx to release funding tool shortlist; Ontario Federation of Labour looks for ways to address pension fund deficit; Toronto’s problem is more the car than the condo; Toronto Region ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013 9:20 am | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
UofT study “Filling the Gap” calls for changes to the federal equalization program; Pearson-Union link on time and on budget; Canada’s Start-Up Visa program to attract entrepreneurs; TTC ... read more

Then and Now: Elizabeth Street and Nathan Phillips Square

Rear of 21 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, 1913
March 28, 2013 8:46 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. Rear 21 Elizabeth Street. May 15, 1913. The paper sign tacked upon the house says: 'UNSANITARY'.  Now. September 2012. Nathan Philips Square. read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For March 28, 2013

March 28, 2013 8:20 am | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Echo Boomers moving downtown in droves; No moral argument for status quo on casinos; more troubles for Ford; TTC defends costs; and more news. There is no moral argument for the status quo on ... read more

Then and Now: 9 Dundas West

9 Dundas West, Toronto, 1939
March 27, 2013 8:40 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. Nine Dundas West. December 14, 1939. That arched doorway on the left — a narrow driveway, actually — is something I sauntered by many times on the way to and from Chinatown in my youth. I'm ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013 8:27 am | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Concerns about Ford continue to grow; newstand franchisees pressing TTC; extracurriculars heading back to school; trusting the government on transit funding; and more news. Newstand franchisees to ... read more

Craig Dykers Speaks at UofT's Faculty of Architecture

Ryerson University, Snøhetta, Toronto
March 26, 2013 11:49 am | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
Architect Craig Dykers, of renowned Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta, speaks this evening at UofT's Daniels Faculty of Architecture about his interest in design as a promoter of social and ... read more

Then and Now: Bank of Commerce, Jarvis and King

Bank of Commerce, Jarvis and King streets, Toronto, circa 1922
March 26, 2013 8:56 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. The Canadian Bank of Commerce, Market Branch, Jarvis and King, northwest corner, circa 1922. Now. September 2012. No longer a bank; offices now... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For March 26, 2013

March 26, 2013 8:46 am | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
Ford allies deny report that Toronto mayor has an alcohol abuse problem; TTC to spend $700M upgrading infrastructure for new streetcars; jumbo streetcars are the right fit for TO's ... read more

Then and Now: Gula's Matza Factory and The Mascot Coffee Shop

Gula's Matza Factory, Toronto, 1948
March 25, 2013 8:58 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
A Very Happy Passover to UT's Jewish audience. A matzo ball factory becomes a trendy Parkdale coffee shop - 'The Mascot‏'. Then. '1267 Queen W. Gula's Matza Factory. 1948.' Picture sent to us ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013 8:56 am | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says GTA transit plan needs public's support; Flaherty’s 2013 Economic Action Plan calls for $8 million to refurbish Massey Hall; the GTA gets two new area codes; ... read more

Photo of the Day: The Changing Face of Old Town Toronto

March 24, 2013 11:00 pm | by Anthony Galloro | Comments
Old Town Toronto, a neighbourhood that remembers the city's past with its red brick, quaint light posts, and village charm, has managed to tame the enveloping towers of the nearby city. Instead, ... read more

Then and Now: Otis-Fensom Elevator Company & Royal Bank Plaza

Otis-Fensom Elevator Company, 50 Bay St, Toronto, circa 1914
March 22, 2013 8:56 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. Otis-Fensom* Elevator Company Building. 50 Bay Street, circa 1914. Note the location of the fire hydrant. We will use that as a reference point. Now. September 2012. Note the location of ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013 8:45 am | by Anthony Galloro | Comments
How dense is too dense downtown?; restoring historic Massey Hall; Toronto gets a possible downtown relief subway line; chronicling Toronto's past and more news. Is Toronto’s condo boom causing too ... read more

Then and Now: 36 Mutual Street

36 Mutual Street, Toronto, circa 1923
March 21, 2013 8:56 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. 36 Mutual Street. Appliance warehouse, meter repair shop and garage, circa 1923. Picture sourced by wwwebster. Now. September 2012. This city block has been a parking lot for going on 40 ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013 8:44 am | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Ford pushes for cut on land transfer tax; More green space coming to Yonge and Wellesley; Wynne changes odds of a casino; Sutton Place Condos meets resistance and and more news. ‘Absolutely’ ... read more

Then and Now: Dundas and Bond

Dundas and Bond Streets, Toronto, 1912
March 20, 2013 8:58 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. May 9, 1919. Dundas and Bond looking south.  Now. September 2012. read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet for March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013 8:56 am | by Devon Johnson | Comments
TTC head apologizes for subway delays during Monday night rush-hour; experts say L.A. style transit funding may be right for Toronto; City Hall dumps little know by-law about biking in twos; seven ... read more