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20,000 Twitter Followers Just The Beginning?

by Edward Skira from the urban_toronto Instagram feed
May 1, 2013 6:26 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto hit another milestone today (or kilometrestone? is that a thing?) when our 20,000th Twitter follower signed up. We're grateful for the confidence you put in us to make every one of ... read more

Topping Off April 2013: What's Hot on UrbanToronto

Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada Toronto
May 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by Devon Johnson | Comments
The past month at UrbanToronto has been quite eventful. Our Twitter page has just hit over 20,000 followers, our Facebook page is approaching 4,000 fans, and the city of Toronto is growing faster ... read more

Then and Now: St. Lawrence Drill Shed and St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Drill Shed, Toronto, 189
May 1, 2013 9:30 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. St. Lawrence Drill Shed. Jarvis, west side, between Esplanade and Front, running through to Market Street. Drawing from 1894. 1890 Goads below. It was gone by the time the 1903 Goads came ... read more

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

May 1, 2013 9:11 am | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Transit debate looming; budget down from previous years; renewed subway push makes unlikely partners; Stintz talks streetcars in Cincinnati; and more news. Points of contention: Looming Toronto ... read more

Toronto Architecture: Diverse Nominees Mark 9th Annual Pug Awards

Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto, Pugs Nominee
April 30, 2013 2:50 pm | by Izabela Molendowski | Comments
Scheduled to take place on June 26th, 2013, the 9th Annual Pug Awards: People's Choice for Architecture, have listed the nominees and opened the polls for the public, relying on the voice of the ... read more

Then and Now: King Street East and Leader Lane

King Street East and Leader Lane, Toronto, circa 1920
April 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. King Street and Leader Lane. Leader Lane is on the right. Circa 1920? Now. September 2012. Well, there's a survivor back there; the white and brown building, which can 'just' be glimpsed ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013 9:46 am | by Izabela Molendowski | Comments
Toronto Zoo's giant panda exihibit is scheduled to open for the public on May 18th after much debate with CUPE 1600; local flag designer takes on project to represent Toronto's neighbourhoods; ... read more

Tiny: A Story About Living Small at Hot Docs

Tiny: A Story About Living Small by Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith
April 29, 2013 11:45 am | by Craig White | Comments
The average size of condo units for sale in Toronto gets a bit smaller every year; as the price of land goes up, something must come down to keep the units affordable. We hear again and again from ... read more

Then and Now: Queen Street East, Baseball Place

Queen Street East, Baseball Park, Toronto, 1954
April 29, 2013 9:48 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. Queen Street looking east from Baseball Place. December 26, 1954. The place of baseball alluded to in this long-gone laneway was Sunlight Park. Before Rogers Centre, before Exhibition ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013 9:46 am | by Editor | Comments
TTC chair Stintz and other councillors want Scarborough subway revived; reclaiming suburbia, one strip mall at a time; commemmorating the Battle of York; and more news. In Pictures: An outdoor ... read more

Hot Docs Opens Big for 2013, Though We Go Human Scale

Still from The Human Scale by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
April 26, 2013 6:25 pm | by Craig White | Comments
If you're a documentary film buff, you're not reading this—because right now you're in a theatre in Downtown Toronto! Wait, that's not right: I'm a documentary film buff and I'm not in a theatre ... read more

ROMwalks offer Toronto History Lessons at the Pedestrian Level

Royal Ontario Museum in downtown Toronto, Libeskind architect
April 26, 2013 3:12 pm | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
Starting again in May and continuing through October, ROMwalks are a free resource for Torontonians and non-locals alike to learn more about the detailed history of the city's varied ... read more

Ryerson's Interior Design Students Showcase Their Work

Ryerson University School of Interior Design in downtown Toronto
April 26, 2013 2:40 pm | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
Ryerson University's School of Interior Design (SID) is holding an end-of-year exhibition of student work entitled "[in]sid RAW"—a nod to the raw talent of SID undergraduates. The exhibit will ... read more

Then and Now: York and Front

York and Front streets, Toronto, circa 1960
April 26, 2013 9:49 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. York Street, looking north from just north of Front. Royal York Hotel on the right. No rhyme or reason for this one; other than I like the happy family, their stiff sided suitcase and the ... read more

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

April 26, 2013 9:44 am | by Jonah Letovsky | Comments
More religious leaders side against a casino; debate over Toronto's transit funding (or lack thereof) heats up; TTC riders getting a larger say; the passing of a development giant; and more ... read more

Then and Now: Broadview and Queen, Looking North

Broadview and Queen, looking north, Toronto, 1918
April 25, 2013 9:50 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. June 26, 1918. Broadview and Queen looking north.   Now. September 2012.   read more

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

April 25, 2013 9:42 am | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Suburban vs urban transit war growing; Toronto air pollution down significantly; Porter warns time is short; Coucillor Kristyn Wong-Tam offers to explain how politics works to Rob Ford; and more ... read more

Then and Now: Broadview and Queen

Broadview and Queen, Toronto, circa 1949
April 24, 2013 9:32 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. Broadview Avenue, looking SSW towards the Broadview Hotel and Queen Street. Circa 1949-ish I'm guessing.   Now. September 2012. read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013 9:17 am | by Dylan Giuliano | Comments
Executive committee defers on Transit Vote; debating the future of BIXI; vote sooner than expected for Porter expansion; council lacks authority to ban Queers Against Isreali Apartheid; and more ... read more

Then and Now: Toronto College of Music / Ecole Publique Gabrielle Roy

Toronto College of Music, Pembroke St, Toronto, circa 1894
April 23, 2013 9:16 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. Toronto College of Music. 12-14 Pembroke Street, circa 1894.   Now. September 2012. Ecole Publique Gabrielle Roy. read more