THE NEW YORK TIMES IS PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SOARING CANADIAN HOUSING MARKET

<Aerial view of Toronto City with residential buildings & houses.>   Canada is talking again about whether most of the country is in a soon-to-burst real estate bubble. In Vancouver last month, the benchmark price for detached homes rose by 13.7% compared with a year earlier reaching $1.6-million Canadian dollars. In the Toronto area the average selling price for detached homes rose 23.1% over the same time period, 2020. And a composite price that includes all kinds of housing topped $1-million dollars.  A sellers’ market prevails in many parts of the country, even at a time of economic distress for many. I was surprised to learn that bidding wars, something I associated with Toronto and Vancouver, were now common in my hometown, Windsor, Ontario, for sales of even relatively modest houses. . . . . In my Ottawa neighborhood, a city that posted a record number of house sales last month, little time elapses before “for sale” signs are plastered with “sold” stickers.   Story by Ean Austen, March 5/2021

<Aerial view of Toronto City with residential buildings and houses>

TORONTO NEVER STOPS BUILDING – THESE PROJECTS BORDER DOWNTOWN’S RAILWAY LINES

The Railway Lands are a great neighbourhood to wander around in. Other than high rises, you can watch the trains coming and going from Union Station.  <The GO Trains below are parked.> There’s parkland, restaurants, public art – and Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street aren’t far away.This bridge across the railway lines connects the south side with the north, and from there Draper Street, a Heritage Conservation District.This little brick street has survived overall industrialization of the King-Spadina neighbourhood.The street is named after William Henry Draper (1801-77).  He was a lawyer and a politician, and later was appointed Chief Justice of Post-Confederation Ontario in 1869.

SOMETHING RARE IN THE AUTO WORLD – A MULTI-COLOURED ARLEQUIN, ONE OF ONLY 264

There once were only 264 Volkswagen Golf Arlequins in the world (probably fewer now), and at least one of them is in Toronto.  After two cross-country trips to Vancouver, this multi-coloured vehicle now makes it’s home here. Originally the series was created to tour International Auto shows.Based on the 1996 Golf GL platform, the Arlequin features a limited edition paint scheme, limited edition sport cloth seats, and silver-faced gauges.  Several different wheel options were available.  The Arlequins were produced by swapping body panels from four different coloured Golfs.  The base colour is not repeated on any of the other body parts.<PHOTO ABOVE – another kind of Volkswagen from the Odd Vehicle Society on Facebook>

PHOTOGRAPHER STEVEN EVANS & HIS WIFE, CYNDI, SPENT SOME TIME EXPLORING ‘THE LESLIE ST. SPIT’

Toronto is a city with many awesome places that some of us don’t take the time to explore. Not so with Steven and Cyndi. Over several years they’ve been out hiking and photographing Hidden Toronto.  The Leslie Street Spit is an ‘artificial-natural’ habitat, extending 5 kilometres into Lake Ontario at the foot of Leslie Street.The Spit was originally created largely from construction excavations, and is now home to numerous wild animals, birds and butterflies, as well as weekend joggers, cyclists and hikers.No dogs are allowed because there’s so much animal, bird and plant life on the Spit – over 400 plant species, 300 bird species, reptiles, foxes, otters, coyotes and beaver.Trails are paved and well maintained, and there are several off-trail areas as well.To see more work by Steven Evans go to this address – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com/