Let your down your pillow-fort guard and allow Monday in. It might be cool. And if that's not the case, at least there's always news: new condos for King West, new website to discuss city planning, police investigate two sexual assaults, councillor tries to turn down the airplane noise, and happy birthday garbage.
Famed Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry has signed on to another project in town. (Gehry was behind the AGO’s redesign, his first building in Canada.) Now the other part of the story: the new project is a condo development. And not just any condo development: one that will require the demolition of the Princess of Wales Theatre. Theatre owner David Mirvish is expected to officially announce the plans on Monday. What we already know is the plan calls for three towers, a projected height of 85 storeys, and, in addition to residential space, room for OCADU classrooms and galleries. The project proposal will also make room for lots of spirited discussion.
Speaking of spirited discussions about city planning, the new chief city planner wants to have some. Jennifer Keesmaat has launched a blog to host those discussions and offer her own ruminations on city planning. It’s called Own Your City and it’s sure to be filled with civilized and informed discourse about urban-planning issues. Because that’s what the internet is for.
Two sexual assaults were reported over the weekend. One incident happened in High Park on Sunday night. The other was in a park at Finch Avenue and Don Mills Road. That assault happened at 9:30 a.m. and involved a handgun.
Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s) has some people in his ward who would like it if airplanes could turn the noise down a notch, please. So, in an attempt to work on a huge issue beyond the realm of control, Matlow will ask City staff to sit down with federal staff to review flight paths and look into ways to reduce the noise.
And who says there’s nothing fun to do on in the 905? Just this past weekend, Halton region said happy birthday to a big pile of garbage. The region’s landfill opened 20 years ago, and 600 people came out to wish it 28 more. The site was expected to fill by 2012, but innovative waste diversion techniques mean the site can continue operating much longer. For it’s a jolly good landfill. Hip hip hooray!