Category Archives: development

Embracing the opposition

A conference I’m attending soon in Toronto* that revolves around the increasing urbanization of the world and related issues, asks the question “How can citizens most effectively be involved in this massive re-shaping of the urban environment?” As it happens, … Continue reading

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Urbanism 101- evolving

I am “Fearlessanalyst” for a reason:  I just had to keep on compulsively analyzing after my December 21 post, reacting to the ‘Turner + Porter meeting’.  Reflecting back over the decades, I thought about how my perspectives on development and … Continue reading

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Living in the shade of progress

Someday we’re all going to have to learn to live in the shade of tall buildings, is what I’ve been saying for the past decade, to anyone who would listen.  They tend to shut down when they hear that.  It’s … 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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Activism, yin + yang…

I am sitting in Alternative Grounds, which by now everyone knows is my favourite cafe.  Between conversations I’m thinking about how it attracts people inclined toward activism.  It’s not surprising, as the café is owned by a Fair Trade activist, … Continue reading

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“Roncy won’t be Roncy!”

Today at my favourite cafe:  yet another commiserating chat over morning coffee, as Katie and her Mom tell me about where they’ll be living.  Not in Roncy, at least.  Not any more. For years they lived in a two-bedroom, in … Continue reading

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Rainbow for Roncy…

The issue of gentrification of Roncesvalles Village does plague me somewhat, and here I am again reflecting on it. Friday night as I dined at my favourite window table in the Blue Plate, I could see a rainbow.  No, this … Continue reading

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