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Dangerous Dan’s for Sale

Dangerous Dan's, of devastatingly debilitating digestibles disrepute, dangles deal for diner.

For the equivalent of a cardiologist’s annual salary, you can own burger joint Dangerous Dan’s. The Queen and Broadview institution famous for its coronary burger is up for sale for $225,000 and comes with monthly rent of $4,500. It also boasts 1,200 square feet for retail, seating for 28 (many of them re-purposed car seats), and really greasy burgers.

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Skating on Thick Ice

Why we should (and should be allowed to) make the most of Grenadier Pond.

I looked forward to the possibility of some opportunistic urban skiing when I moved to the High Park neighbourhood last fall, but the single snowfall we’ve had since then lasted only one night and half a day. Still, I couldn’t help noticing that the snow-free winter, along with steady sub-zero temperatures, had produced perfect ice conditions on Grenadier Pond. So I went skating instead.

Fun was had by me—all alone. There was never more than one other skater on the pond when I first started visiting a few weeks ago. Last week, skies were blue and the ice was glassy. But there were so few skaters that I could follow my own tracks on laps around the perimeter of the pond.

I knew that many would be dissuaded by the few crooked signs on the shore that said “No Skating.” But the ice was 25 centimetres thick right up to the shore. The danger was (and is) nil. Surely, I thought, there would be more enthusiasts out taking advantage of such ideal conditions.

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Public Works: Real-Time Pollution Data Delivered to Your Smartphone

Chinese environmentalists have created a pollution app, spurring a growing demand for better industry regulation in the country.

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them.

A Chinese environmentalist group has developed an app that shows users’ data on the country’s worst air polluters in real time.

Released last summer by the non-profit Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), the app publishes hourly stats from government-mandated air-quality monitors at 15,000 industrial buildings around the country.

This is just the latest monitoring tool IPE has given the Chinese public. The organization’s website posts Chinese water, solid waste, and air pollution levels by province, region, and city. And IPE also has an index ranking 120 cities on their track record of environmental regulation.

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Public Works: Could a Solar Power–Generating Road Someday Power Your Car?

In the Netherlands, a new bike path paved with solar energy cells may signal a revolution in green energy infrastructure.

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them.

Photo courtesy of SolaRoad

Photo courtesy of SolaRoad.

An Amsterdam suburb now has a bike path that generates solar energy. On November 12, 2014, Dutch minister of economic affairs Henk Kamp unveiled a 70-metre cycle route in the commuter town of Krommenie, Netherlands, kicking off what could become national trend in power-producing roads.

Called SolaRoad, the innovation consists of 2.5-by-3.5-metre sheets of concrete, overlaid with crystalline silicon solar cells, and a centimetre-thick layer of protective, skid-resistant, tempered glass.

Kamp told reporters at the unveiling that the Netherlands aimed to triple its use of sustainable energy within five years and be energy-neutral by 2050.

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Art Exhibit Pulls Into Union Station

The traveling contemporary art show Villa brings its latest exhibit to Toronto's transit hub.

Photo by Francois Doury, courtesy of Jocelyn Wolff Gallery.

Photo by Francois Doury, courtesy of Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris.

Villa Toronto


Union Station’s Great Hall (65 Front Street West)

January 16–23
FREE

Union Station’s Great Hall renovation is not yet complete, but Torontonians will get a chance to see the space all dressed up this week as the centrepiece of Villa Toronto. The free art event opens this Friday, and includes work from 20 local and international galleries.

Launched by Raster in 2006, Villa is a collaborative, traveling contemporary art show. The project takes art out of galleries and into the streets, creating accessible, temporary art communities around the world. Toronto will be Villa’s fourth showing, following past events in Warsaw, Reykjavik, and Tokyo.
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