Archive for the ‘City of Toronto’ Category

Coups, Plagues, and . . . Garbage? Oh My!

2009 July 8

San Francisco Chronicle travel writer Larry Habegger recently listed Toronto at the #1 spot on his list of places around the world that should be on avoided for travel.  Toronto earned this distinction because of the garbage strike that is currently in its third week, resulting in “mounds of trash throughout the city that is known for its cleanliness.”

Rounding out the other top 5 places on the world travel advisory: Honduras (military coup), Mexico (Dengue Fever outbreak), North Africa (Bubonic Plague outbreak), and Thailand (military rule).

Larry must really not like garbage!

(photo from [daily dose of imagery])

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The NY Times Does Toronto

2009 May 18

In yesterday’s Sunday edition of the New York Times, an article appeared fawning over the city of Toronto.

The featured journalist, Danny Lee, makes a few suspect claims (streetcars trolleys run like clockwork??), and he seems to be so enamoured with the West End (West Queen West/College/Ossington) that almost all his recommendations take you there.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty glowing review of our beloved city.  The only thing is, who is reading this?  I might guess that most people reading the Sunday NY Times would be more interested in cocktails in Yorkville than at Sweaty Betty’s.  But I digress.

What it all comes down to is that TZero is actually a great, interesting, diverse city that can be an attractive destination for people even from one of the greatest, most interesting and most diverse cities in the whole world.

Goodbye L.C. Hello Photoshop?

2009 March 3

Any of you who have taken a ride on the TTC in the last few months have obviously seen this advertisement plastered all over the subway cars:

Is it just me or does this chick have a wonky-eye? 

I imagine she doesn’t really, considering she’s the star of an MTV spinoff reality show (okay, that might not be that great.)  But don’t you think the marketers could have chosen a better pic of Whitney Port, or at least put it through the retoucher machine?

Quote of the Day: harASSment!

2009 February 20

“Don’t let yourself get a fat ass, just because you’re sitting down all day long.  That’s what happens to us.  You have to do sit-ups or some shit.”

– the drunk, offensively boorish crazy on the College Streetcar this afternoon, addressing the trainee driver.  The trainee was very gracious and polite . . . and was doing a great job, by the way.

TTC Sexytime

2009 February 18

Poetry on the Way is a cultural program placing short bits of verse on TTC subway cars, buses and streetcars around the city.  I’ve seen these poems sporadically over the course of my two years in Toronto, but find them mostly banal.  Today, however, I read one called Escondido Night, by Jim Christy – and let’s just say the metaphor it suggests is a little, er, racy.

The moon is the shape
Of this hidden cove
fishing boats are constellations
We floated through a heaven
that glittered phosphorescent
like plankton in tinfoil
And paused between a pair:
Aurorita and Viridiana, to thrash about like comets just
Let out of school.
And continued on a light year
later      Moondust in my mouth
And all over your body

Whew!  I need a cigarette after that.

(photo from blogTO)

Brunswickedly Annoying

2009 February 6

Has anyone ever driven (or ridden their bike) on Brunswick Avenue?  With all the snow around, I’ve been trying to pay an extra amount of attention to street signs and such, and recently I came to the conclusion that this is one of the most stupidly-planned roads on which I’ve ever driven. 

Between College Street and Bloor Street (which is only ONE major block) the direction of traffic changes a rediculous 6 TIMES!!  Just north of College, Brunswick is 2-way traffic.  Then it changes to  south-driving traffic only.  Then north only.  Then south.  Then north again!  Just when you think it couldn’t possibly change one more time, it does: at Bloor it goes back to being north-only.  

Now I’m not a professional urban planner, but I kind of wonder how this hasn’t yet been fixed by the city.  Upon further inspection on google maps, I discovered that many of Brunswick’s neighbouring streets are similarly (but not quite so-terribly) oriented.  Can’t they just make one street northbound and the next southbound?

Quote of the Day!

2009 January 30

From AOL Travel . . .
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5.TORONTO

I AM A U.S. BORN AND RAISED CITIZEN. ALL MY LIFE , NOW 53yrs.I HAVE NEVER SAT IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM. WHEN WE WERE IN TORONTO EVERYTHING IS VERY CLEAN AND FRESH AND IT IS THE ONLY PLACE I SAT IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM. EVERYONE THERE WAS WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL.
Date of Trip to Toronto,Canada: March,2003
Purpose of your trip: Personal
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I don’t know if I’d go that far about the cleanliness of the city, but this is pretty funny.

Cut ‘n Paste Toronto

2009 January 26

I just came across a flyer from Toronto Tourism’s 2007 Holiday Campaign.  I think the collaged images are really fresh and interesting, and certainly depict what it’s actually like in some of TO’s most iconic areas (Bloor-Yorkville, Queen West, Old Town Toronto, and Downtown Yonge).

The entire ad campaign can be viewed at www.mytorontoholiday.com;  also, here’s a link to Warren Brown Blog – he being the guy who created these images that I like so much.

Guns Suck

2009 January 22

I was riding my bike around downtown this morning and noticed a helicopter hovering above the city centre.  Later, when I got home and was browsing the internet to see what might have happened, I discovered that there had been a shooting, around quarter to eleven, on the Osgoode station subway platform!  A 19-year-old guy was shot in the leg and abdomen (the wounds are not life-threatening) after an apparent altercation with another young man.  The suspect is described as a black man with light complextion, wearing a black parka with fur trim and a Blue Jays baseball cap.  If you have any information about this incident, call 911.

VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER TO ONE’S PROBLEMS.

I Get On (The TTC)

2008 December 5

This awesomeness, by Syrus (featuring Randal), speaks raps for itself.  The best line of the song is “Takin’ public transportation, never in a dealership.”  It sort of sounds like Kanye’s Love Lockdown, only way better.

Thanks to my roommate (and indirectly to Brad Buset) for making me aware of this.