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Toronto City Life » 2010 » September

Archive for September, 2010

Flashing TO

Posted on September 29th, 2010 Be the first to comment

I was on in a mission tonight…

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…hustling down the naked streets…

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…ducking and weaving through the market…

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Let’s get Chet

Posted on September 28th, 2010 2 Comments

*yawn*

It was just sleepy time all over the city today.

There was a brief, bright flash of sun during which I ventured out to eat lunch — I’ve decided Sushi Queen is my sushi joint of choice along the Queen strip, despite incessantly playing Rogers and Hammerstein show tunes over the meal. Fresh sushi / sashimi, good tempura, and a teriyaki that actually tastes and smells good. Surprisingly rare, that last one.

Then it clouded over again in the afternoon, and everything goes kinda hazy again after that.

I believe Sarah Thomson threw in the towel and is now joining forces with George Smitherman in the upcoming election. And maybe it’s a fuzzy recollection but I thought I remembered the Star starting up a new series called “The Smell Test” where they dissect election promises for feasibility. Will the Star-backed champion win, I wonder?

But it may just be fuzzy dream also. Just that kind of a day, you know?

Ladies and gentlemen, Mister Chet Baker on vocals and horn, and Patrick on the shutter:

Go on, press the round play button above.

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Smitherman hires “spiritual” drummers to manipulate weather!

Posted on September 27th, 2010 2 Comments

No wait, I’ve got proof.

Yesterday, all was fine in the dandy neighbourhood of Regent Park. The sun was shining. People were trancing out to the drum group perched conspicuously beneath a Smitherman banner.

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Connection established. We know who’s funding this thing.

But is it really “a thing“?

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Nice people suck

Posted on September 24th, 2010 Be the first to comment

…that’s this guy — thoughtful enough to use thumbtacks. :)

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Fish ‘n chips ‘n Detroit

Posted on September 23rd, 2010 Be the first to comment

And if the city continues along its current course, he said it’s not unimaginable that Toronto could end up in serious trouble, like Detroit.

“Toronto in decline: panel”, Toronto Sun, September 22, 2010

Oh God no! Not like Detroit!

The fish ‘n chips I was masticating weren’t satisfying.

I figured, hey, the menu says “our specialty”, so I ordered it. I’ve had good food at pubs before, it’s not unheard of (the Roast Beef Stuffed Yorkshire at your local Elephant & Castle, for example). Yeah, but not here. It’s on Queen Street. I want to spare them the shame so that’s all I’ll say. Maybe also that the pub has a black bull as a mascot.

Anyhow, really poor fish ‘n chips. And that bitter story, delivered to my table via the magic of the mobile age, along with mediocre tartar sauce.

Toronto is bouncing back from the recession.

The Conference Board of Canada is predicting the city will see a 4.7% increase in real GDP this year as housing starts rebound, the manufacturing sector perks up, people start shopping and major construction projects get underway.

“Toronto’s economy on the rebound”, Toronto Sun, September 22, 2010

This story appeared shortly below.

I flipped my plate to try the pedestrian-looking fries. As I did that, I looked at the times on the stories. I’d read them backwards – Toronto’s on the rebound and then Toronto in decline. And the fries sucked too — straight out of a freezer bag.

Oh no! Is this … Detroit?!

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Spyeoh

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 Be the first to comment

Do you ever wonder if you’d make a good spy?

I had that thought today as I stood on a client’s fire escape today, taking recon photos of the street below.

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Sometimes the city says, “here buddy, take five…”

Posted on September 21st, 2010 Be the first to comment

There I was outside the Second Cup today, praying for the city to show me the light. Something so I wouldn’t have to work hard. Right at that moment, I swear the city fucking winked right at me.

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Goodbye summer, we hardly knew ye (pt.3)

Posted on September 20th, 2010 Be the first to comment

…continued from previous post

Believe it or not, despite taking inexorably long I actually had a point to make with this entire series. It has to do with the kinds of people that attend the C.N.E. (or even just the grounds), and I’m going to call these people Conservationist Urbanists.

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TCL Flickr pool

Posted on September 12th, 2010 Be the first to comment

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Goodbye summer, we hardly knew ye (pt.2)

Posted on September 11th, 2010 Be the first to comment

…continued from previous part.

Look to the skies!

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