<Rendering above – possible vision of a full view looking North West. Credit: Standard Practice> Waterfront Toronto has announced a shortlist of Proponents for the City’s Quayside Development Opportunity. Several shortlisted teams are competing with their designs for this 12-acre parcel of land on Toronto’s waterfront. . . . . From Waterfront Toronto – “The number and quality of submissions is a clear indication that Toronto’s waterfront remains a desirable development destination, and that Quayside can and will contribute to the province’s post-pandemic recovery,”
Things are looking brighter for Canada’s National Airline, and many of us will be relieved. Air Canada has brought back service to 50 Canadian cities, and will fly 55 U.S. routes to 34 destinations this summer, penciling in as many as 220 daily cross-border trips. The service has already flown about 10,000 all-cargo flights and plans to make them permanent. As well, with help from the federal government, Air Canada has refunded almost $1-billion in airfares in the second quarter for cancelled trips, and expects to give back $200-million more in the third. The company will adjust its seat capacity according to demand, along with recalling employees and increasing the number of take-offs and landings. So it seems we can depend once again on the “flying maple leaf”.
This promo could very well be from The Globe, Canada’s National Newspaper, or maybe some other aspect of tourism. But the message is sound. Edited quote: “Most of us have spent more time at home than we ever thought we would. As restrictions ease and the time comes to travel again, remember your other home – Canada. Look at it with new eyes. Explore city after city after city. Discover infinite opportunities to make new memories with family and friends. Unplug and unwind, because we all need some of both. Find cultures, both unique and familiar, woven into the fabric of who we are. Spend time in this Canadian home that isn’t framed by four walls, but instead by three coasts. Our country is ready to be experienced and enjoyed by all – no matter where we’re from.” – OH! Ross and I decided to explore two parts of Toronto that we’d heard of, but haven’t seen. First up – ‘THE WELL’, an enormous city-within-a-city. <Photo above by Ross Winter> It’s going up non-stop, bordering Wellington, Spadina and Front Streets. Several development companies and architects are there at work and have been for some time. The finished project will contain a 36-storey office tower, six residential buildings, and 432,000 ft² of retail space. When finished something like 690,000 cubic metres of rocks and mud will have been trucked away. The excavation will reach a depth of 23 metres (75 feet). You can now wander around and enjoy what’s happening – ideal if you’re into architecture and construction. From THE WELL, walk west toward the Bathurst Bridge, cross Bathurst Street, and you’re near “STACKT”. “STACKT” – a container market and cultural space. There you’ll find pop-up shops, food and beverage vendors, and an onsite brewery, mixed in with courtyards, pedestrian paths and open spaces for community programming and events – everything’s there. We really enjoyed being inside, and eating some of the best ice cream anywhere. The CN Tower isn’t far away. <Photo above by Ross Winter> STACKT’s physical structure can be picked up and moved elsewhere – in a different configuration – on a future site and/or date. The genius behind this project, leaves the site unscathed. Finding parking space can be a challenge, but once you’re parked, enjoy wandering. Both Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street have easy-to-reach public transit. We spent most of an afternoon in THE WELL and STACKT. Our plan is to come back real soon for more ice-cream.
Riverdale was the last of four branches constructed with a $350,000 grant financed in 1903 by Andrew Carnegie. The branch was constructed of red brick with white Ohio sandstone trim at a cost of $24,174. Located at the “great transfer corner” where Broadview Avenue meets Gerrard Street East, as well as two streetcar lines. It’s one of the first to use the “open shelf” system, allowing visitors to browse around themselves, and one of the first Canadian libraries to use radial open stacks. From the entrance, Library staff can monitor reading rooms. the opened front door, and the stacks.
This five-part panorama is from the City of Toronto Archives. <Osgoode Hall is in the upper left corner>.<Photogaphers – Armstrong, Beere and Hime.> It’s possible that these pictures were intended to accompany Toronto’s submission to the Colonial Office to promote its selection as capital of the Province of Canada. In the end, Queen Victoria chose OTTAWA to be Canada’s capital. <ABOVE – The developing city from York Street to Bay Street along King Street West.>
On the outside St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue, is rather grim, but inside it’s another story. In 1923, the painter, J.E.H. MacDonald, assembled a group of Canadian artists (unfashionable in church circles at the time), including Fred Varley, Frank Carmichael, other members of the famous Group of Seven, and sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle. Together they created more than a dozen large paintings, decorative medallions and reliefs of the four evangelists. Combined with the building’s vaulted roof and central dome in the Byzantine Greek Cross style, and stained glass from the original church on Dufferin Street, St. Anne’s became a sight to behold. As it is to this day. The 154-year-old building is Canada’s only Byzantine Revival Anglican church. It’s patterned after ISTANBUL’s Hagia Sophia, and in 1998 was designated a National Historic Site. St. Anne’s has regular Sunday services, or you can arrange individual or group tours through the church office.
What will be here sometime soon, Canada’s tallest residential building is occupying one of the best locations in Toronto. Designed by the U.K.’s Foster + Partners, with developer Sam Mizrahi, the building will rise 1,014 feet (85 storeys), and occupy a large piece of Downtown prime real estate. It will also be Canada’s first super tall skyscraper (300+ m) defined by ‘The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’. As of September/2020 75% of the apartments were already sold. The first 18 storeys include restaurants, event spaces, two major retailers and a luxury Hyatt hotel, under its boutique brand Andaz. The residential section will have a total of 416 units. Four penthouses will be up there, along with four storeys of parking underground. The structure will connect with the Bloor-Yonge subway station and the underground walkway system – a smaller version of the PATH network. An Apple Store is expected to be the anchor tenant of The One. <Photos – looking north and south, July 18, 2021>
The Sanzhi (UFO), reminiscent of a flying saucer were a set of abandoned and never completed pod-shaped buildings in the Sanjhih District of New Taipei, Taiwan. They were intended as a vacation resort and were marketed towards American military officers who’d be coming off their East Asian postings. However, the project was never completed by1980 due to investment losses, several car accident deaths, and suicides during construction. By 2010, all of the UFO houses had been demolished, and the site was to be converted into a commercial seaside resort and water park.
The Canadian Border Services Agency has been watching the numbers go up as our American neighbours’ incoming traffic has increased by 25% in one week. Of course those already allowed in were fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents and those already allowed to cross. Vice-president of the Border Agency’s travelers branch, Denis Vinette said “We ask people to be patient at the border, dealing with the land border environment, long lineups and folks coming in for the weekend.” “The big thing for folks to understand is what qualifies as a fully exempted traveler under Canada’s definition,” Mr. Vinette said. “It’s about having had the full regimen, or both shots, and having had 14 days pass after your second shot.” Vaccines approved by Health Canada – Pfizer; BioNTech; Maderna; Oxford-AstraZeneca; or Johnson & Johnson. They’re all exempted from the 14 days’ quarantine. Visitors must also use the ArriveCAN app or an online portal to submit their vaccine information, and results of a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 3 days before departure. <From The Canadian Press & Globe and Mail, Saturday, July 10, 2021>
As Toronto continues to find and/or create sites to house the homeless, this row at 292-296 Parliament Street will house approximately 24 homeless residents in one and two bedroom apartments, each with its own bathroom and kitchen. Laundry, dining and programming space will be shared. Units will be granted to women, Indigenous people, seniors, the disabled and others. A non-profit housing provider will manage the building, and be on site 24 hours a day. Close to 8,000 people are homeless every night in Toronto, sleeping in shelters, parks or encampments according to Abigail Bond of the city’s housing secretariat. Plans are to have the apartments ready by December/2021. <Excerpts from The Bridge magazine, by Kayla Higgins, July 2021>