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  1. GraphicMatt

    Corktown Common | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto | Maryann Thompson COMPLETE

    "Common" works here mostly because it's alliterative. As Stan Lee knew when he helped create Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Scott Summers and Matt Murdock, alliterative names are great, last decades and will occasionally band together to defeat Galactus. In all seriousness, my desire to see...
  2. GraphicMatt

    Corktown Common | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto | Maryann Thompson COMPLETE

    I'm not going to lie. You should all vote for "Corktown Common." It's what fate wants you to do. It's what I want you to do. Make me proud.
  3. GraphicMatt

    Corktown

    Retail news from last night's CRBA meeting, though plans could still change. A Starbucks will open at 510 King in the easternmost retail unit, with the little patio, likely spring/summer 2013. Also planned for the retail units at 510 King or 569 King: a bed & bath store (Homesense?) & a...
  4. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    People like to credit Ford for his financial policies, but I find that fairly dubious. The city's fiscal policy is still pretty much the same as it was under Miller - Ford has just been more willing to cut service at the TTC. Overall, it's hard to point to anything he's done that has...
  5. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    I know some people *really* love this "council just does things because they hate the mayor" narrative, but it doesn't hold up at all. David Shiner was the guy who pushed this through and he's on the mayor's team.
  6. GraphicMatt

    Corktown

    It came up at a neighbourhood association meeting a couple of months back - apparently some pro dog walkers come by daily with a van full of dogs and just let them loose for a while. It all seems kind of ridiculous. I can see how it could be annoying if you're just a regular person with a...
  7. GraphicMatt

    The Toronto Islands

    Interested in your perspective on an eastern-gap pedestrian/cycle bridge - would this face huge opposition from island residents? I'm seeing some momentum build for the idea, particularly as the Jack Layton honour has put more attention on the deplorable state of the ferry terminal.
  8. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    Lots of people are willing to pay more for various products, but they probably won't if no one bothers to raise the price.
  9. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    For whatever reason, playing well with others wasn't considered an important quality during the 2010 municipal campaign. In reality, our system of local governance isn't set up to accommodate maverick lone-wolf politicians. Hopefully the idea of consensus-building plays a stronger role in the...
  10. GraphicMatt

    Can't we all just get along? The car, bicycle, skateboard, pedestrian et al debate

    Haha, imagine how pissed drivers would get if all cyclists actually turned left at signalled intersections using the left-turn lane. Try doing *that* on a major arterial as a timid or slow cyclist. Re: bike licensing. Not only would it add to the bureaucracy, it would also inevitably mean fewer...
  11. GraphicMatt

    TTC: Cherry Street reconstruction and streetcar trackage (City of Toronto/TTC, U/C)

    That Cherry & Lake Shore intersection is a real tough knot to untangle. I assume at one point they were waiting for the results of the Gardiner EA, but that's basically dead now.
  12. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford and Pride

    Yes, but it's all relative. This is our mayor and this is a positive thing he did. Doesn't really do us any good to compare with what other, hypothetical mayors would have done.
  13. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    At this point, I'd bet against a Vaughan run. I think it'll be Carroll. She's far better connected. Though lately I've been tempted to just go all out for Kristyn Wong-Tam.
  14. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    If Ford wins reelection in 2014, it'll be because the opposition screwed up.
  15. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    Ford does not have the power to remove the mandatory five cent bag fee. He barely has any procedural power at all these days.
  16. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    Threatening someone with violence and demanding they give you their phone - while on public property - is certainly a chargeable offence. Dale has said he has no interest in pressing charges, however. Which is nice of him.
  17. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford's Toronto

    Levy was very critical of his decision not to attend Pride last year. She noted that he should be mayor of ALL the people in Toronto. And that's really the point. The bar Ford needs to jump over to assure us he's not a homophobe is incredibly low. All he needs to do is stand with Brian Burke...
  18. GraphicMatt

    Corktown

    Something is definitely going on in there, but I know when the topic of a grocery store was broached with the Streetcar reps, they said the building wasn't equipped with the proper structures for deliveries on that scale. But the space is literally ten feet from my house and I would love it if...
  19. GraphicMatt

    Metrolinx: Sheppard East LRT (In Design)

    That's referring to the storage facility only, I believe. It'll be open two years before the first line, with vehicles delivered in ~2015. Maybe the TTC can sell rides around the storage tracks.
  20. GraphicMatt

    Rob Ford and Pride

    She is, yes. And one of the best columns she's ever written was the one she wrote last year where she expressed her disappointment in Ford's decision not to attend any pride events. Any mention of the actual parade in this debate is a red herring, by the way. No one cares if Ford doesn't show...

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