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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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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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Bike consciousness

Strange that I am suddenly thinking about bicycle deaths that have ‘crossed my path’.   Surely there can’t be so many of them, that I would be closely aware of three?  But yes, they happened. The first was the partner of … Continue reading

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