Category Archives: Roncesvalles Village

Walkability and Livability

I think a lot about the question of what might make my neighbourhood livable and thriving long term.  And how does that relate to affordability?  And the environment?  I’ve been trying to get my mind around some of Jane Jacobs’ … Continue reading

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Gentrification in Roncy….

One of my favourite rants – as some would call them – is about “gentrification” and its painful side-effects.   The Guardian recently published another article on the subject.*  One reader’s comment says it better than I could: “Gentrification sucks because … 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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“World class city”

This is a ‘new world’ we are living, in the blogosphere.  It is such a new forum that, worldwide, we are all learning as we go, learning how to do this new kind of communicating, learning a new kind of … Continue reading

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Condos, condos everywhere…. or, suburbia?

Well, here we are once again reacting to another condo proposition in Roncesvalles Village.  Our city councillor (Gord Perks) hosted a neighbourhood meeting the other night, the purpose of which was to provide the developers (Mattamy Homes) with feedback from … Continue reading

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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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