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  • Good Reads: Spring 2015 Edition of Fort York's newsletter Fife & Drum - Spacing Toronto
    Drum May 11 2015 By Shawn Micallef The spring edition of the Friends of Fort York s quarterly newsletter Fife and Drum was released recently Loads of maps and pictures in this issue and articles include The Franklin Expedition s 1825 Toronto connection A first visit to Fort York recounted by Jeffrey Remedios of Arts Crafts records What s being planned and built around the fort Burying burning of trash in and around Fort York featuring the Wellington Destructor All free You can download a PDF of the current issue here But you can also go here to subscribe to Fife and Drum so it will arrive in your inbox Here you ll also find back issues of Fife and Drum to download Photo by Shawn Micallef from 2014 opening of the new Fort York Visitor s Centre Fife Drum lists upcoming events and recent goings on at the fort but it also has since the Friends began publishing it in 1996 exhaustively researched essays and stories about the fort Toronto and related history I serve as volunteer director on the Friends of Fort York board the volunteer advocacy organization that has helped look after the interests of City of Toronto s premier museum site Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Good Reads Special Edition of Fort York s newsletter Fife Drum Magna Carta special Fall 2015 Edition of Fort York s newsletter Fife Drum Good Reads Summer edition of the Friends of Fort York s Fife and Drum newsletter Good Reads Winter Edition of Fort York s newsletter Fife Drum Tweet More posts by Shawn Micallef Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing s Guide to Toronto

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  • Stairs to nowhere, trap streets, and other Toronto oddities - Spacing Toronto
    Robinson St There s no city sign marking it as Kemp Ave yet Google and Bing Maps both list it as such After knocking on a couple of doors it appears even the neighbours aren t sure where the name came from or who owns the laneway According to the National Post Kemp Ave is just one of dozens of orphaned laneways in downtown Toronto A 2012 city study the Post says found 27 of them including a nameless U shaped Parkdale laneway that s fallen down a bizarre bureaucratic loophole no one claims to own it and the taxes haven t been paid since the 1890s Kemp Ave s days are numbered An employee from the City s Geospatial Competency Centre the division responsible for keeping track of our geography says after checking by laws plans and property addresses staff have decided to scrub Kemp from their records When the open data is refreshed Kemp Ave will no longer be there the employee said in an email Because Google and Bing source their map data from files maintained by the City of Toronto it s likely the next update will kill Kemp for good if it ever really lived One possible explanation for the bizarre life and death of Kemp Ave is that it was a trap street an error deliberately placed by cartographers in an attempt to catch plagiarists Although map makers tend to keep quiet about their fakery there have been a few notable cases of trap features being discovered In London England a pedestrian passage called Broadway Walk was deliberately mislabeled Bartlett Place by the makers of the A Z a popular printed map of the city Slightly closer to home the wholly fictional town of Agloe New York started appearing on maps produced by the General Drafting Company and distributed by the Standard Oil Company of New York now Esso starting in the 1930s Like a trap street the town was meant to alert the company to unauthorized uses of their work if it ever appeared on a competitor s product The name was created by mixing together its inventor s initials Unfortunately for the General Drafting Company Agloe became real In the 1950s a fishing lodge in its supposed location along a highway in the Catskill Mountains began using the name Agloe later appeared on later maps by Rand McNally Esso and even Google which once happily provided driving directions to the semi fictional locale Now however the town appears just as a rough geographic area Google wouldn t say if Kemp Ave was trap street If it is it s not a very successful one What ever its provenance the death of Kemp Ave has already begun It s already been erased from the City of Toronto s official map Rest in peace Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Dead rail lines lost streets and more Toronto oddities The transformer next door Welcome to your private nuclear

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/03/18/stairs-nowhere-trap-streets-toronto-oddities/ (2015-11-16)
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  • This is what the Toronto subway tastes like - Spacing Toronto
    conference in 2013 As president of the UK Synesthesia Association he s visited Toronto twice He says overall the flavours of the subway were pleasant ones The stations were just so nice and so mild that s what struck me about the system It does make a difference because it makes you like the city it really does You like moving around in it Some of the stations are awful but the actual taste of them is quite nice which makes them nice to me It s clear from Wannerton s work that has a predilection for sweet flavours He thinks many of the tastes he frequently experiences are linked to the food he ate as a child in London Growing up it was hard to convince skeptical physicians that his condition was real The family doctor dismissed it as an overactive imagination It wasn t until the 1980s that Wannerton was inspired to find out more about synesthesia MRI scanners have since allowed neurologists to probe deep into his brain and learn important lessons about how the senses interact and affect human behaviour It s a bit like having an eye dropper of taste drop on your tongue Drip drip as each thing comes in It s on different parts of your tongue The sweet and sour tend to be the ones on the edges left and right and theres other stuff in the middle it s just this continuous drip But also very important is the intensity of it The best analogy to mix that with would be like a fluorescent light When you turn it on it flashes bang and when you turn it off it fades away Being a synesthete has had a significant effect on Wannerton s life He tends to shy away from social interactions and his job in IT allows him to have a minimal amount of spoken interaction Reading is particularly challenging he says Theres no way I d have it taken away even though it is distracting I just couldn t imagine life without it It s a bit like saying well some of the things I smell are awful so I want my entire sense of smell taken away You just wouldn t do it would you You d just put up with the bad bits That s probably why I can put up with it TO VIEW A LARGE VERSION OF THIS MAP CLICK HERE Map design by Julie Fish Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter How Toronto learned to love the patio Bike Share Toronto and downtown subway relief Dead rail lines lost streets and more Toronto oddities Tweet More posts by Chris Bateman 7 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Nicole 10 months ago This is so cool Out of curiosity do you know if

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/01/21/toronto-subway-tastes-like/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Toronto’s mayoral election in five more maps - Spacing Toronto
    The Downtown Wards 19 20 27 28 and 30 selected Smitherman by margins over 50 percent Results of 2010 mayoral election by ward In 2014 the map changed John Tory was the first choice of voters in half 22 of 44 of all wards Doug Ford came in first in 19 wards and Olivia Chow first in three But the northeastern and especially the northwestern suburbs stubbornly stuck with the Fords In 12 wards Doug Ford got more votes than his brother did in 2010 not completely unexpected given the increased voter turnout In five of those wards Wards 1 7 8 9 and 42 the percentage of votes for mayor increased for Doug Ford over Rob Ford in defiance of the prevailing mood of most of Toronto John Tory the newly elected mayor of Toronto has his geographic base of support in Midtown Toronto the leafy neighbourhoods between Bathurst Street and the Don Valley Parkway and between Bloor Street and Highway 401 This contrasts to 6 wards in northern Etobicoke Downsview and York South Weston where Tory could not even win 20 percent of the vote This the last bastion of the Ford Family s power base is a large part of the city that desperately needs to be united with the rest of Toronto economically socially and politically Percentage of votes for mayor elect John Tory by ward Voter Turnout In 2014 voter turnout was 60 3 percent the highest in the history of the amalgamated City of Toronto and a significant increase from the 2010 figure of 50 6 The highest turnouts were in Wards 30 and 32 both featuring high profile council races the lowest turnout was found in Ward 41 in northern Scarborough where incumbent Chin Lee was easily re elected The second map shows the change in voter turnout in 2014 versus 2010 while every ward saw more voters heading to the polls those in wards that voted for Tory or Chow generally saw the highest increase in voter turnout Voter turnout in municipal elections is an interest of mine A recent study written for the Maytree Foundation by Ryerson professor Myer Siemiatycki and myself examined voter turnout in the 2003 2006 and 2010 municipal elections It found connections between high concentrations of immigrant and visible minority populations and lower voter turnout with interesting exceptions such as in Thorncliffe Park Desmond Cole wrote an excellent summary of this study in Torontoist last week The overall increase in voter turnout is encouraging but the same patterns of high and low voter engagement identified in that study appear to persist Voter turnout by ward 2014 Change in voter turnout by ward 2010 to 2014 Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts BURALE Ford Nation is not dead LORINC We were promised Tory The Consensus Builder BURALE Why are we so reluctant to truly end carding LORINC Tory needs to use new traffic data to fight congestion Tweet More posts by Sean

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/10/30/torontos-mayoral-election-five-maps/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Door Open Weekend — ghosts, [murmur], maps, & Redesigning Toronto Pecha Kutcha-style - Spacing Toronto
    well as 40 new buildings and special exhibitions like Utilities photos of Toronto s underground rivers and sewers by Michael Cook he goes to dirty places so the rest of us don t have to Check the whole schedule and list of sites here Two things of note On Saturday from 2PM 3 300PM I ll be hosting a Pecha Kucha style event at Fork York s Blue Barracks called Redesigning Toronto with short and fast presentations from architects Michael McClelland Donald Chong Siamak Hariri Helena Grdadolnik Paul Raff and Joe Lobko At the city hall rotunda we re rather chuffed to have been asked if our murmur project and the hand drawn Toronto maps by Marlena Zuber could be featured this year Begun in Toronto in 2003 murmur is a mobile phone documentary project that made personal and historic stories available to hear in the location they took place by calling the number on the green ear shaped sign there After 10 years there are around 250 locations around Toronto with many more stories on them we also took the project to over 25 cities around the world but Toronto is the city that inspired it Marlena s maps provided a way of finding the stories on the web and many of them will be enlarged and displayed in the rotunda as well as some of her non murmur maps and some from my book Stroll which she illustrated Please stop by throughout the weekend and help us celebrate 10 years of Toronto storytelling You can listen to the stories here and check out Marlena s maps here and purchase here Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts How is your ward feeling today What Philadelphia can teach Toronto about art history and public

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/05/23/door-open-weekend-ghosts-murmur-maps-redesigning-toronto-pecha-kutcha-style/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Artists on the Underground: movie and panel discussion - Spacing Toronto
    documentary about a program on the London Underground that hires a notable artist to design the cover of the iconic tube map every time there s a new edition which works out to 1 2 times a year I ve seen the movie in preview and it s very interesting well worth viewing if you are interested in transit public art or design The panel includes myself the director Jared Schiller and Sharon Switzer Art in Transit programmer and curator for Pattison Onestop It will be moderated by Leah Sandals Online Editor at Canadian Art and former review editor for Spacing Details 7 30 p m on February 22nd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of the Reel Artists Film Festival Tickets cost 8 for students and seniors and 12 for the general public See the Facebook event for more information Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Artists to take over Chester station newsstand Spacing presents transit wayfinding events in Mississauga Toronto on Tuesday Wednesday EVENT Connecting The Dots of transit wayfinding in the GTHA Enter our draw to go on Lower Bay Station photo tour Tweet More posts by Dylan Reid Search

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2014/02/21/artists-underground-movie-panel-discussion/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Quick comparisons between Toronto's and Chicago's street grids - Spacing Toronto
    using green space liberally Different planning philosophies and circumstances led to the creation of different patterns of development What is most interesting is that these grids are physical records of a variety of decisions that have accumulated over time Do you notice anything else in these comparisons Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Forgotten TTC architecture a reminder of nixed transit plans The two worlds of my Etobicoke 5 subtle signs of lost rivers in Toronto The transformer next door Tweet More posts by Sheraz Khan 8 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy DavidF 2 years ago Might also be interesting to rotate the grid for downtown Toronto or Chicago so you can see how the grids are oriented to the lake since we go N S and they go E W Sheraz Khan 2 years ago Actually now that you mention it I did something like that a while ago https visualizingurbanfutures wordpress com 2013 04 24 chicagotoronto chiconto torongo Not quite as nuanced but still interesting Dave 2 years ago Lived in both and visually this is pretty cool It s hard to fully compare the grid vs cul de sac and highway right of ways since Chicago s big growth spurt was roughly from 1870 to 1950 especially the parts of the city Sheraz looks like he pulled out while Toronto s has decidedly been since 1950 This is if anything more an interesting contrast in the change in how cities were design and built between 1900 and 2000 If you go to further out suburban parts of Chicago built up after 1950 you ll see a grid much more like the chunks of Etobicoke and Scarborough here Carin 2 years ago Echoing Dave s comment it s hardly instructive to compare the slices of suburbia you ve chosen What the difference in street layouts between Scarborough and Etobicoke on the one hand and the areas of Chicago you ve chosen as representative of suburbs on the other tells us at a glance is that they were laid out in completely different areas Areas of Chicago like Morgan Park and Washington Heights in your South Chicago grid are late 19th century railroad suburbs that were incorporated into the city of Chicago by the turn of the 20th century I 57 was driven through these neighborhoods in the 1960s part of a huge movement in US cities in that period And also in Toronto though less extensively cf the battles fought by Jane Jacobs after she moved to the Annex By contrast though Scarborough and Etobicoke both have 19th century towns at their core the development you re seeing in the cul de sacs you ve illustrated is all from the latter half of the 20th century You can test your impressions of what the street patterns are telling you from the air

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2013/10/23/torontos-and-chicagos-street-grids/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Sheraz Khan, Author at Spacing Toronto
    in Etobicoke does anyone notice Yes Last week I was walking to the convenience store up the street when I came across the tree above It was the remains of a huge willow Read More Transit Undergrad commuter chronicles a University of Toronto student s movement through the city It s crunch time for thousands of Toronto s students A good proportion of these students are also commuters students Read More Architecture Reading Toronto on the drive from the airport Toronto s accidental city gate Recently my father and I dropped my mother off at Pearson airport As we were saying our goodbyes I thought about what my mother Read More Maps Quick comparisons between Toronto s and Chicago s street grids Chicago is often referred to as Toronto s closest sibling Built in similar times with similar sizes and populations there are Read More Culture A Torontonian abroad German tourism first impressions and Canada s Wonderland I became familiar with a certain reality of tourism a month ago on a full fledged euro trip The reality was it would impossible to Read More Culture Toronto itis How I dealt with that uneasy feeling returning home to an adolescent city I had traveled in Europe for a month taking in the sights and rubbing elbows with fellow city enthusiasts also known as tourists Read More Events EVENT Listen to Toronto at Labspace Studio s The Noise Project WHAT The Noise Project by Labspace Studio WHERE 99 Gallery 99 Sudbury Street in the West Queen West Triangle WHEN Friday July Read More Neighbourhoods Etobicoke stories the DIY shortcut to Eatonville Library My tower neighbourhood was built with modernist ideals of green space low density and novelty In the 50s Toronto planners and Read More Neighbourhoods Growing up in an Etobicoke Highrise

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/author/sherazkhan/ (2015-11-16)
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