Category Archives: community

A little cognitive dissonance* in Roncy?

Sometimes I get the feeling there’s a little cognitive dissonance going on in the neighbourhood.  I suppose it’s almost predictable, since the ‘hood is full of caring people, and caring almost invariably leads eventually to a kind of inner conflict … Continue reading

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Halloween – the ‘junk model’

The earliest Hallowe’en I remember I was about seven.  Mom had made crepe-paper costumes (made from a bought pattern) for my sister and me.  I was somehow not thrilled, partly because my sister got to be a rose (her name … Continue reading

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Suburban vs urban?

Who would have thought there might be a “Congress for New Urbanism”?  But there is – and it’s not even new.   They just held their 20th annual meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida.   “CN20” included a panel on the economic … Continue reading

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The Revue is 100!

Last night the neighbourhood celebrated the 100th birthday of The Revue cinema*.  I don’t usually attend such things, but I’m so glad I did. The 3-D movie ‘Hugo’ was a perfect choice for the event, but to me the real … Continue reading

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Tony: a year has passed…

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since Tony died*.  And I think to myself, ‘What has my experience of Tony meant to me?” Small things, really. It was a pleasant surprise to realize over time how many in … Continue reading

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Roncy culture changing…

As I strolled to Alternative Grounds this morning, I mused at the sweetness of being greeted with a quiet smile and  “…morning.” by strangers as we passed each other.  Some walking with purpose in their body language probably on their … Continue reading

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Develop, develop – just not too much!

In my imagination I’ve been conjuring up a giant urban planner, completely objective, who decides on exactly where and how development takes place in Toronto.  Being fair, of course, she distributes residential development more or less evenly throughout the city. … Continue reading

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