Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Young People Want Apartments, Not Houses; iPhones, Not Cars


A new study by GWL Realty Advisors (Canada) comes to some interesting conclusions.

Full report download

DRIVERS OF APARTMENT LIVING IN CANADA FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

At a Glance

Economic, demographic and social shifts are increasing the popularity of multi-family living in Canada.

Specifically, the growth of the knowledge economy, which tends to be based in dense urban areas, combined with an increased interest in consuming experiences (rather than focusing on acquiring consumer goods) has contributed to a growth in demand to live in amenity-rich neighbourhoods within a short commute of employment—and in apartment or condo buildings. The following are some of the reasons this shift will continue and even accelerate in the coming decades.

• Apartment and condominium dwelling is now often a desired choice of many urban residents when multi-family living offers a commute and amenity advantage.

• Increased educational attainment of women (who earn almost 60% of all Bachelors' and Masters' degrees in the US and Canada) combined with increased female workforce participation has also contributed to rise of both the knowledge economy and of apartment and condominium living.

• Increasingly, families are choosing multi-residential living. With most families having no more than one or two children, a two bedroom apartment home can work well. Moreover, if both parents work, living in a low-maintenance home with a short commute allows for more family time.

• Buying a home (including a condo) in close proximity to employment and amenities is becoming increasingly expensive in comparison to renting. As a result expect more 25–45 year olds to be renters in the coming decades.

Other characteristics of Canada's rental markets:

• Condominiums are not a threat to purpose-built apartment renting. In fact, they have contributed to making high rise apartment dwelling fashionable. Also, by increasing the density of neighbourhoods, condominiums have contributed to a growth in amenities. Cities where residents have the highest propensities to rent apartments also have the highest percentages of residents owning condominiums.

• Baby boomer and older generation empty nesters are not expected to sell their houses and rent apartments. They believe in ownership having typically owned all their lives. If they wish to downsize and urbanize, they will most frequently buy condos.

• Supply has not kept up with demand for purpose-built apartments in recent decades. Canadian cities with growing, dynamic knowledge- and experience-based economies already have a rental housing shortage. These cities attract newcomers by the tens of thousands annually, who need to rent homes. The high rental rates and low vacancy rates in places like Vancouver and Toronto (and soon Calgary again too) illustrate that demand exceeds supply.

There is a growing dialogue in Canada's cities about housing issues, particularly the need for more purpose-built rental accommodation. This report offers fresh and forward-looking perspectives on apartment living in Canada, designed to inform stakeholders—including building owners, developers, government, and renters—in their decision making.

Heintzman place Railside photos

What a change over from the past decade  on the Old Cantire site,

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sarah DOUCETTE wins with 9,557 votes


Population: 50,640


....addition from above CityTV tally 20218 votes made this election


Voter turnout in 2006 municipal election: 46 per cent

Monarch Rd today from the Maple Leaf Mills site




This Road which has been abandoned for so long by the city is now visible. (but not useable)

To the left and right of the bottom image sat industrial buildings  about 15 years ago.

To the left was the Dominion Corrugated Company.

To the right was the repair building for the mill. The mill repair building has been gone for over twenty years. In the seventies this roadway was buzzing 24 hours a day.

It was incredibly dirty with the road caked with oil and grain.

Now with the entire mill site undergoing a revitalization, with a possible school and other high street elements, the area is being transformed in a great way.

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Monday morning inside the silos basement





Sunday, October 24, 2010

Todays election, more taxes please

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Today –Ward 13'ers will head to the polls and vote for the next Mayor and local councillor . For this blog, the choice is obvious: The person who is to spend the most, to lead our City. I know  that this  is going to shock you some of you. I know you may not agree and you are welcome to comment politely in the comments section.

Of course, the next question  begs -  spend on what? Well,  Road repairs and the and a much needed city restructuring. Importantly in our ward converting old police stations into daycares and community run a  center.  Give the Parks department more money to really built natural environmental parks rather than the small green oasis's they can built with want little money  they have now.

The list can go on and on in this city, but generally we need "people city" builders of the new council.

Many may now be asking where the money to come from is. Well that is easy too... development taxes should increase as well as "special fees" for private mega projects... and if you think this turns investors and corporations away just look at the success Mississauga and Woodbridge have had with the method.

In addition residential taxes should rise primarily on single households (not condos) and more greatly on houses used as multiple rental units. Of course condos taxes should also be raised in a tired fashion according to value classification.

Why the levels, simply because single houses use more city services than condo owners and just gain more from the block of land and cubic space they use.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Holdup steel comes down off old Carlton Village School




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From Rabble.ca Municipal elections in Toronto are upon us next week

. Municipal decisions shape our everyday lives, from the quality of our public services to the health of our environment, yet voting turnout hovers at around 40 per cent. Your involvement during the final few days of the election is critical to shaping the outcome.

Here are five strategic ways you can take action.

Make up your mind

You get to vote for four positions this October: Toronto school board trustee, Catholic school board trustee, mayor, and city councillor. The city's election website lists all candidates by ward. Check it out by clicking here.

Now you need to decide who to support. Candidate websites are a great place to start. Most candidates post their policy platform and resume -- both say a lot about the candidate's values and priorities.

Another quick way to assess a candidate is to ask them what political party they identify with -- municipal candidates do not publicly identify with a party, but they will often answer a direct question.

Third-party candidate rankings and endorsements are a reliable and trusted way to assess candidates. The Campaign for Public Education, the Toronto Environmental Alliance, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, and the Public Transit Coalition have all issued endorsements or statements about the candidates. These groups conduct the careful background-research we don't have time to do, like reviewing voting records and interviewing candidates.

If you have time, try meeting the candidates in person. Visit their campaign office, or attend one of the many mayoral and candidates-debates taking place across the city. Ask questions on issues that matter most to you. To find a debate check out the candidates' websites, or go to the city's debate-finder map at toronto.ca.

Vote

About 38 per cent of the Torontonians vote, which is super low. Low turnout rates, however, mean that our efforts to vote and increase voter turnout can have a significant influence on election outcomes.

October 25 is next Monday, so if you do the 9-to-5 thing, vote at one of the six advance-voting-days in October (including Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th) at select polling stations. Polling stations on the advance days are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Polls on October 25 are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Details on poll locations can be found by clicking here.

Don't get turned away at the polls, U.S. Election 2000 style. Bring ID with your name, signature, and address. A health card or driver's license will work. If you can (it's optional), take your voter information card (it was in the mail early October). For more information on ID rules click here.

Educate and activate your network (It's bigger than you think)

At the first election training I attended I was asked to bring the names and numbers of 100 people I could ask to give money or volunteer for our campaign. I said I didn't know 100 people, but the election-trainer persisted and said I could include anybody that comes to mind, from my brother to my hairdresser. Turns out I did know that many people and so do you.

It's time to reach out to your contact list and ask them to vote, volunteer, educate others, and donate. Mass emails and social media tools like facebook posts are the quickest way to communicate to many, but personal phone calls and face-to-face discussions yield far more "yeses," and far bigger commitments. Instead of getting a "yes, I'll forward this email," you might get a "yes I'll join you and volunteer on a political campaign."

Talk it up everywhere, from the doorstep, to the bus stop to the dinner table. Nigel Barriffe, co-chair of the Good Jobs for All Coalition, shared a great experience breaking the rule of no talk of politics at the dinner-table when he wore a "Joe Pantalone" badge to a Shabbat dinner (his first) at his girlfriend's family's house last week.

"Before I went I thought, do I really want to wear this button?" Nigel said. "But the badge started great conversations about bicycles versus cars and privatization versus public ownership. I realized it was important they heard my voice, and regardless of who any of us vote for, it was clear that everyone at the table had a deep love for the city and a desire to build a better Toronto."

Volunteer

The most effective volunteer activity you can do from now until the election is volunteer for a candidate.

Call up the candidate's office or just walk in off the street. The campaign should have someone available to greet, orientate and support volunteers, like you.

Chances are you'll be assigned one of four activities: phoning residents, going door-to-door asking residents to vote and support your candidate; dropping off literature at houses, or installing signs on lawns.

At this late stage of the election, volunteers who want to take on big tasks like designing the website or reviewing the campaign's media strategy are generally frowned upon. This work is usually done by professionals and chances are it's already been done.

Despite the consistency in tasks, campaigns are generally very exciting, busy places full of committed, interesting people. Labour Council consultant and municipal campaign expert, Jill Marzetti, recommends volunteers work hard to learn about key election issues and the candidates' priorities so you can be persuasive when talking to residents.

When talking to voters it helps to ask questions in order to gauge what issues matter to them, and then tailor your response so it references their priorities, if possible. If they care about transit then talk about where the candidates stand on expanding the TTC, and so on.

Donate

Elected officials need money, and they tend to be more beholden to constituencies that give.

Individual donations have never been more valuable. Compared to other major cities, the maximum amount a candidate can legally spend on their campaign is fairly low, which means your dollar goes proportionately further. Mayoral candidates can raise up to $1.3 million; city and school board trustee candidates can raise up to $20,000 to $60,000 depending on the ward, and Catholic school board candidates can raise about $7,000. In addition, Toronto just banned contributions from unions and corporations to mayoral and city council candidates. So we're actually the only ones left to give.

To encourage giving, the city has set up a rebate program that returns up to 75% of your donation. The city's rebate system is similar to that typically found on electronics items; if you don't send in your paperwork to apply for your rebate by a certain date (in this case January 3, 2011) you don't get your money back. Don't forget. Calculate your rebate here.

Donation rules are different for school trustee candidates. School trustees can take donations from unions and corporations, and individual donors are not eligible for the rebate-program.

Jessica Bell is the communications and campaigns manager for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.



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Humberside High School

Humberside School was sending automated phone calls q yesterday. Apparently, some stranger was caught following some students home recently. The school has called the authorites and the police are doing some
sort of safety awareness campaign at Humberside.

Sent in by blog reader S.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

JRA is hosting its meet-the-JRA-candidates night at Axis on Thursday, Oct. 28, 7pm

JRA is hosting its meet-the-JRA-candidates night at Axis on Thursday, Oct. 28, 7pm to 9pm. Come out and get to know the incumbent officers and new candidates. If you are interested in joining the JRA executive team come out and talk about how to get involved.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lets create neighbourhood councils


wonderful idea eh!



It would be great to have Toronto  neighbourhood councils  made up of elected city council members as well as representatives from  the police , fire authority, local city staff of the various services and members of local community groups, plus ordinary members of the public. Joint meetings on a regular base could very effectively inform and assist more people to become involved with little or a lot of effort as chosen by the individual.

This would effectively end self serving projects started by a a few people and pushed though simply  of their stamina of effort.  For example changes to a local roadway such as speed bumps or removal or placement of play equipment in parks would have to pass though the  neighbourhood councils for input and in some cases approval.  Of course professional city stuff in such areas are not to be ignored yet no longer would the community have so little say in their decisions.

If created as a resident-led approach they could be used to solve, at the local level, disparities attributable to differences in access to the social, economic and environmental resources necessary for individual and community happiness and growth with our local streets and in turn throughout  the wards of the city. Major needs and directional directions could be given to such areas as  health care, employment (a much forgotten about area the the current election in the Junction), education, affordable housing options and safe neighborhoods.

One person if  elected, George Smitherman says he would create neighbourhood councils.

George Smitherman says he would create neighbourhood councils that could help make decisions on local issues. “I want to build a model of governance in Toronto that actually pushes power back to down to more of a neighbourhood level,”



Working with Regent Park residents as an MPP during the redevelopment process showed him the kind of input that community should have over local issues.

Wikipedia article on neighbourhood councils, Neighbourhood Councils are governmental or non-governmental bodies composed of local people who handle neighborhood problems



Petrocan station. Dundas St west and Prince Edward




Lifting the roof in an effort to simply insert two foot risers in the structure to raise the roof.


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Post Victorian rear




Just look what can done with similar types of housing buildings that bare common in the Junction.

An addition type that really builds out and creates wonderful living space.

...and does not attack the historic fabric of the building.

The above image is in Italy


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Friday, October 15, 2010

*The Junction Pumpkin Fest & Scary Halloween Movies Event*

Saturday October 23, 10am – 12pm

Free pumpkin carving from 10am to 12pm at The Junction Train Station (Dundas Street east of Pacific). Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided to help fuel our little carvers.

From 6:30pm to 8:30pm head to the Rue Morgue for scary family movies.

*The Junction Pumpkin Fest & Scary Halloween Movies Event*


And the pre-Halloween festivities don’t end there! The evening will see a selection of family-friendly classic spooky movies (not too scary) projected in the Rue Morgue Theatre located at 2926 Dundas St W. Hot chocolate and treats will be provided – and it’s all free of charge.

Important Rabble article



Reported here is a important and good article for any person stymied by the  current election issues in Toronto

Reposted from rabble.ca

Moving forward on municipal voting reform in Toronto
LARRY GORDON
OCTOBER 14, 2010

As we enter the final stretch of the Toronto municipal election, two things have become abundantly clear.

First, we need a new and better way of electing our mayor and city councillors. A voting system that forces many people to vote strategically rather than sincerely, and that creates a council not reflecting our city's diversity, has no place in a 21st-century democracy. Second, we need a process to identify the best system or systems for Toronto -- a course being promoted by the Toronto chapter of Fair Vote Canada.

Progressive activists have been fighting for fair and proportional systems, and voter equality, at the federal and provincial levels. Now we need to press for the same at the municipal level. Voter equality is what creates truly representative bodies that reflect the full diversity of the community.

In 1865, Swiss philosopher Ernest Naville summarized the core democratic principles this way: "In democracy the majority has the right of decision, but all have the right to representation." If those principles resonate with Torontonians -- and indeed all Canadians -- then we have to study the systems that deliver the goods.

How do we address those principles? Broadly speaking, there are two types of voting systems: winner-take-all and proportional (or fair) voting systems. Each has its place in a democracy.

When an election is held for a one-person position -- such as a mayor, party leader, president -- a winner-take-all system is needed. Only one candidate can win -- only one person can play the role.

Under the current system in Toronto, the candidate with the most votes wins the mayor's seat. But we could switch to a run-off system, where the winning candidate needs at least 50 per cent plus one to win -- most easily done by using a ranked ballot, where second choices play a role if no candidate has a majority of first-choice votes. Most Torontonians would probably greet the use of instant run-off balloting for the mayor as a step forward.

But with any type of winner-takes-all voting, instant run-off or first-past-the-post, a lot of voters still cast ballots that elect no one.

Fortunately, when voters are electing a city council (or provincial legislature or federal parliament) -- a body with many elected people whose purpose is to represent and act on behalf of all voters -- then we have another option. We can and should use a fair and proportional system, designed to allow almost all voters to elect someone to council. This means that not only do the largest group of voters, or the majority, get to elect councilors, but so will those with minority points of view. For example, progressive voters living in a part of the city dominated by conservatives will be able to elect someone, and vice versa. With a fair and proportional system, you don't lose your right to political representation because of your political views and where you happen to live. And the overall outcome is a council representing the full diversity of the electorate.

The fair voting concept sounds great, but how do you do it at the municipal level?

This is where a citizen-engagement process is needed. We have numerous options and may even want to develop a hybrid system specifically for Toronto.

One option is having larger wards that elect more than one councillor -- that's what allows more than one group of voters to gain representation. Electing two or three councillors in larger wards opens the door to representation for both the majority and minority within a ward. Electing four, five or more in a larger ward gives even better assurance of fair representation for all.

Another approach is a mixed system, which would have the added advantage of creating council positions that are accountable to a citywide base of voters.

For example, rather than 44 small neighbourhood wards, we could have 34 wards and 10 citywide council positions. The 10 citywide positions would be elected by everyone, using a ranked ballot form of proportional representation (called the single transferrable vote), which would allow minorities as small as 10 per cent of all voters in the city to elect a candidate to one of those positions.

Another interesting option: rather than citywide seats, we could divide the city into four districts, each with three or four district council members to represent voters in those areas.

Some say that the only reform we need in council elections is to use ranked ballots (instant run-off voting) to elect the individual councillors from the 44 wards as they exist today. But that winner-take-all voting would still leave too many voters unrepresented -- plus it leaves us with a council composed solely of politicians each elected by a portion of voters in just 1/44th of the city. No one other than the mayor would be democratically accountable to broader groups of voters.

When we have a reform opportunity, let's not just replace the current system, which leaves far too many people unrepresented, with another alternative that also leaves too many people unrepresented. One of the mixed systems described above might be an interesting compromise for those who want to see instant run-off voting in wards and others who want to see the introduction of at least an element of proportional representation. And multi-member wards also deserve serious consideration, which leads to the final point.

Reform opportunities are all too rare. The best choices and trade-offs are not always obvious. A traditional sound-bite political debate by city council is not good enough. Torontonians need to be engaged in a serious and thoughtful assessment of the alternatives, with both city and media support.

The Toronto Chapter of Fair Vote Canada is calling for an official city-managed, citizen-driven, expert-supported engagement process to look at municipal voting system options to identify the best voting system or systems for Toronto. In the coming years, we may have one of those rare opportunities to improve our municipal electoral system, so let's do it right -- by engaging citizens and exploring all options.

Larry Gordon is executive director of Fair Vote Canada and a Toronto resident. See FVC Toronto Chapter Facebook group: Fair Voting in Toronto.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wild, Wild, Junction II The Historical Mystery Tour Continues

2nd Incredible Year!

The West Toronto Junction Historical Society presents:



Wild, Wild, Junction II

The Historical Mystery Tour Continues



And the launch of

Justice in the Junction

The Life and Times of Josiah Royce



Sunday, October 24, 3pm, Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas West, ending at Shox's 3313 Dundas West.



Join us for our fall fund raiser and pub crawl



Relive the events that led the Junction to "go dry" for almost a century with the men and women who were there as the Legends of the Junction return.



Examine the Junction's oldest cold case: The Death of Joseph Curley.

Be sworn in as a jury member and vote. Accident or Murder?



M.P.P. Cheri DiNovo will be reprising her hilarious performance as the Reverend Shore whose famous “Harlotry, Vice and Iniquity” sermon set the Junction on fire.



Proceeds go to the Boom Times Artist/Mentors program working with local students to create original works of art about Junction history and culture.



We’ll also be officially launching our five part graphic novel series, Justice in the Junction, the Life and Times of Josiah Royce, with story by Neil Ross and art by Brendan FitzPatrick.



History meets community in the Junction!



Tickets $25, available at Pandemonium Books and Discs (2862 Dundas Street West) and Wise Daughters Craft Market (3079B Dundas Street West) and at the Annette Street Library (145 Annette Street)



Details and the spectacular Wild, Wild Junction 2 poster by Mark Dallas are on our homepage at: wtjhs.ca




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Vine Ave road water grate repaired




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City crews work to fix the grate in front of the Vine parishes

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Local resident has great and even more great urban farmer idea



Dear High Park/Junction Land-owner,

Do you have a portion of your property (25 ft x 25 ft or larger would be ideal, but I will consider any plot) that you would like to see revitalized by organic vegetable production?



Would you welcome regular visits by a respectful urban farmer throughout the season to sustain beautiful, healthy and productive vegetable beds?



Would you like to see more of your food grown locally using sustainable, organic methods?



If yes, I would love to hear from you!

I need to start preparing the beds for next spring, so please call soon.

download full pdf description

Erica - 416-320-5279

lemieux.erica@gmail.com

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Inside Toronto Junction Residents Association hosts Ward 13 all-candidates debate


Inside Toronto has a good article on the Junction Residents candidate meeting

LISA RAINFORD|Oct 07, 2010 - 5:45 PM| 0
Neighbourhood heritage preservation a key issue debated in Junction meeting

Junction Residents Association hosts Ward 13 all-candidates debate

Questions on preserving neighbourhood heritage, improving Toronto's large spaces and accessibility to the local councillor were put to Ward 13 councillor candidates by the Junction Residents Association members at a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Questions were given to candidates in advance and names were drawn to determine speaking order.

"I'm all for preservation," said first speaker, candidate Nick Pavlov, in the sanctuary of West Toronto Baptist Church on Dundas Street West at High Park Avenue.

While he said he supports saving the historical significance of the community, Pavlov said a balance between new construction and restoration must be found.

"Development has to be to scale," he said. "It has to reflect the size of the neighbourhood. We have to consider 'what is it adding to the neighbourhood.'"

Bill Saundercook said heritage of the Junction is extremely important. He pointed out that already several properties, namely churches, along Annette Street between Quebec Avenue and Keele Street, are protected. He said he has been in talks with the owner of the retail property on Dundas, just east of Pacific Avenue where the replica of the train platform is and has asked him to take into account the surrounding buildings that have been restored to their former glory when he chooses to start construction.

"When it comes to preservation," said Redmond Weissenberger, "the problem is we don't notice that a building is historic until it's about to be demolished. The problem is, the bylaws deal with structure. The building's owner doesn't have to bring anyone into the process of design."

Weissenberger said he would like to work with local architects in order to recognize which buildings need a heritage designation.

"You need to be proactive and not reactive and I think that's what I'd like to do," said Weissenberger.

Candidate Sarah Doucette said that as councillor, one must represent the majority of constituents.

"Historical preservation is important in certain areas. The Junction is one of them," she said. "I know that the Junction Residents Association is working to designate High Park Avenue."

Doucette said she followed the plight of 244 High Park Ave., whose owners wanted to sever the lot, tear down the house to make room for two new houses.

"I was really pleased to find out the new owner is going to restore it," she said.

Asked if they thought the city's large public spaces, such as the waterfront, should be improved, candidates were on the same page on this topic.

"Certainly, our waterfront is extremely important as we move towards the Pan/Am Games in 2015," said Saundercook.

He credited the new 'curtain' at Sunnyside Beach for improving the water quality and making it swimmable.

Weissenberger replied simply, yes.

"The only answer could be yes. We have to look at our existing public spaces," he said, attacking Saundercook for the "$100,000" gazebo in front of his constituency office. Saundercook later clarified and said the price tag was about $10,000.

Weissenberger wondered why the city doesn't clean up the goose droppings on the waterfront as well as the syringes he said he has seen floating in the water. He called Bloor West Village's sidewalks "an embarrassment," adding that citizens are "breaking their ankles."

Doucette said the city's public spaces are a necessity. They are key to keeping communities engaged, she said. She cited 34 Southport St. as an example, where a developer has been meeting with the community to discuss possible plans. "Five years ago, it was a thriving plaza. We had lots of amenities. Since it's been closed down, people miss going to coffee shops so they could meet their friends. We're now working to design a new space."

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Junction Arts Festival have your say reception



Reception Tues, Oct 12, 7 – 9 pm,

We’ve scheduled a party especially to invite your response to When Art Meet Street, the current exhibition prepared by the 2010 Junction Arts Festival Team.

The exhibit showcases work that couldn’t be accommodated in this year’s festival, explores the nature of street festival art, and invites suggestions for the future of the Junction Arts Festival. Hope to see you there.

Please come and help us fill out our 5 foot x 5 foot brainstorming board

Tues, Oct 12, 7 – 9 pm,

Wise Daughters Craft Market

Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

3079B Dundas St. West, Toronto, M6P 1Z9

416-761-1555

www.wisedaughters.com

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Streets are for transportation

People AFTER bus,car,and trucks




Says Pavlov a candidate for Ward 13

Saundercook agrees roads are for traffic but provided thought on other road usage.

Junction Residents Association all candidates meeting on now

Still time to come... Only half way
Though the questions 8:09





Tuesday, October 5, 2010

East silos to come down and the west silos will stay




Well if anything proves that the Junction is achangen to this author who has always had a connection to the Junction thought out my life it is this.

At 43 Junction Rd the east silos are to come down in Nov. or Dec of this year.

The blogs hopes to publish some in-depth images of them next week.

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43 junction Rd

Well the people who now own 43 junction Rd our quite nice people .

Had a chat with one of them today while accompanying a client looking at the site.

They very open about their plans.

A close up look at the work they have done on the site indicates a Rather well thought out plan that will take the disused site to become part of the greater Junction community.

This author is real excited about the unique melding of industry and commercial use that's planned

Well
Done to the owners

The blog hopes to follow this project.

Images inside the old train loafing building.






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Monday, October 4, 2010

Best redeveloped building/lot in

The junction this year?




A few lots and/or buildings go under a major renovation each year. Most sadly do not amount to Much - architecturally or historically.


Yet once in a while a site gets rewritten with a building that defines the old, the new and also
Takes from the old to
Create a new building that fits in to it's lot.

The blogs nomination for best redevelopment of 2010 is the old handy man store site at 3077 Dundas St west.

One of the reasons is the new buildings rebuilt rounded front of the old building, another being retention of a very open 1st floor retail area.

An great added bonus is the balconies for the apartments above the retail space.


Alfred S. Rogers and the start of a cement company

The sales agent of Grey & Bruce was Alfred S. Rogers, a Toronto entrepreneur, who owned a number of companies, among them a fuel supply...