Category Archives: Toronto

The upside of gentrification…

For me, gentrification means that I am spoiled.  I really have no need to leave the neighbourhood as everything I could want is just a walk from home. There is my already mentioned favourite restaurant, The Blue Plate, where they … Continue reading

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Zoning?! Time to get serious…

Well, I expected tonight’s RMRA* meeting to be a potential ‘barn burner’.  Rumour had it that the city was trying to re-zone Roncesvalles Avenue in a way that would allow for more development, possibly more commercial and retail businesses on … Continue reading

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The ‘new world’ in Roncy

In my favourite café, I am daily surrounded by signs of the new world. This new world is represented partly by ‘smart phones’, partly by open laptops, and partly by the sheer number of people dropping in for coffee – … Continue reading

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Community = marriage?

It strikes me that a community is a lot like a marriage, and we can fall in and out of love with it. Our relationship to some communities are brief experiences that become fading memories, and others last and change … Continue reading

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Roncesvalles Village ‘renewed’…

Well, here we are, “living the life” – a Roncesvalles Village that no one can deny is trendy, beautiful, and fun.     For those who love to talk about urban neighbourhoods, there is much to discuss: It is now possible to obtain … Continue reading

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Roncy now…

Roncy did get its liquor store, and the local fans did save The Revue – without a $300,000-sign.   I’ve been so impressed by their heroic efforts, that I recently decided to take some ‘supportive’ action and actually see a movie … Continue reading

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The Revue

So now they’re wondering what kind of marquee — if any — to install at the Revue Theatre.  Apparently one of the proposed designs would cost $300,000.  Good lord — what were they thinking?!   How about a design that respects … Continue reading

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