POLITICOS SHOULDN’T RUN PUBLIC TRANSIT; PROOF OF THAT – THE GOV. OF NEW YORK VS ANDY BYFORD

ANDY BYFORD, who did an outstanding job as CEO of the TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) moved to the U.S. two years ago and took over the broken MTA in New York City. As head of the subway and buses, he made a real effort to turn around a transit system in crisis. And he was succeeding. Then he ran into New York State Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.
Just like Toronto’s Doug Ford, Mr. Cuomo believes he has the know-how to run one of the world’s largest public transit systems, and he made this clear to Mr. Byford. although the two men seldom spoke to each other.Then the distance between them widened. The outcome – Andy quit several times in the past, but two weeks ago he signed off for good.
Read the story by JIM DWYER of the squabble between Byford and Cuomo (does he ever run the state?), in the February 3rd New York Times at this address – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/nyregion/cuomo-andy-byford-mta.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
“ANDY, we need you up here. C’mon back!”

TWO MATCHING HOMES IN TORONTO’S GREEKTOWN – ONE TO LIVE IN; THE OTHER COULD BE FOR RENT

Architects Peter McNeil and Clarissa Nam, the co-founders of COMN Architects, have created this solution for their own housing needs on a tight budget. “In the City of Toronto, single-family detached homes have become out of reach for many, and intensification efforts have come mainly in the form of high-rise condominiums,” they observed.“There is a lack of medium density, ground-related housing options, often referred to as the missing middle.” <PHOTOS – Doublespace Photography>

THE MANULIFE CENTRE ON BLOOR STREET WEST @ BAY HAS BECOME A CITY WITHIN A CITY

It’s all there if you can afford the rent. This mixed-use complex on a prime piece of land in the downtown core connects with the subway, as well as eight cinemas, a very large book shop, an LCBO liquor store, a super market, a gym, the new Eataly food emporium, Bay/Bloor Radio, Birks jewelers, and a bank amongst other things.<PHOTO ABOVE – Manulife apartments by Vic Pahwa/flickr>The building also connects with a sparkling new underground tunnel system, lined with shops of all descriptions, including upscale Holt Renfrew.The Manulife Centre was built in the 1970’s. It was designed by the TORONTO architecture firm Lifford and Lawrie, and is now in the process of being updated.<PHOTO – view from the top of the Manulife Centre>

MAPto SHOWS US HOW ‘MANHATTANIZED’ TORONTO HAS BECOME – SURFACE PARKING LOTS ARE OUT

Once upon a time Downtown TORONTO was dotted with surface parking lots. Nearly every one of them has disappeared. Underground parking has taken over. The above Google map from MAPto shows us the lower city centre, as it was in 1978. To the left – the CN Tower and surface parking; the Financial District towers in the centre; and lots of surface parking on the right.ABOVE – Forty years later things have certainly changed. The Rogers Centre is on the left; the Financial District and Union Station are in the middle; and there’s massive amounts of development along the waterfront and on the right. This photo was taken in 2019.In the above photo from #Streets of Toronto, it’s obvious redevelopment has spread far and wide. The Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat says this city now has 67 skyscrapers (150 metres or taller), with 31 more under construction, and another 59 proposed. We’ll soon pass CHICAGO to take second place behind NEW YORK CITY with the most tall buildings. Some – but not all – of us love what’s happening. Anyway, most of the surface parking lots are gone – for the better..