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Posts Filed Under: Cityscape


Vandalist: Just the Tip

Of the iceberg.

trinbell tennis court

BY: Unknown
LOCATION: Trinity Bellwoods Park
PHOTO BY: Chris De Castro
FIELD NOTES: There are some parts of Toronto we can visit to reliably enjoy quality graffiti. Take a stroll through Rush Lane (a.k.a. Graffiti Alley), Kensington Market, or pretty much any laneway south of Bloor and you’re guaranteed to find some great work. An unlikely spot to consistently find excellent graffiti is the tennis court at the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park. Over the past few years it’s emerged as something of a park micro gallery. With picnic season finally kicking off we look forward to basking in the art in person.

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email



Robarts Library Is Getting a Giant New Pavillion

Phase two of the iconic library's renewal will consist of a huge new study pavilion.

Photos courtesy of University of Toronto

The University of Toronto’s Robarts Library—also love-hateingly known as “The Turkey,” “Fort Book,” and “The Temple of Tears,” among other things—is about to get the third pavilion it always wanted.

Diamond Schmitt Architects submitted the design proposal for the second phase of the library’s renewal earlier this month, which includes a new five-storey glass pavilion that will be called Robarts Commons. The firm was also at the helm of phase one of Robarts’ renewal, which consisted of the addition of two new arrival halls that wrapped up in May 2011.

When the iconic brutalist megastructure on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus opened in 1973, only two of the three pavilions originally destined for the development wound up being built, reports Yonge Street. A third, Huron Street–facing pavilion meant to accompany the nooks that became the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Claude T. Bissell Building wound up forgotten. That is, until now.

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Kensington Responds to City’s Rooming House Consultation

With a multi-neighbourhood consultation, the City hopes to develop an improved policy for often contentious rooming house issues.

Facilitator Tekla Hendrickson debriefs a consultation session with local residents at Lillian H. Smith library. Photo by Joyita Sengupta.

Residents of the Kensington Market, Grange, and Harbord Village neighbourhoods shared their views about local rooming houses Monday night in the second of 14 neighbourhood consultation sessions the City has planned on the contentious issue between April 7 and May 7.

The results will go a long way to to defining rooming house policy across the City, an issue that can evoke very different reactions depending on which neighbourhood one is in.

“No one at our table is against rooming houses. We just want them to be safe and respectable for people,” Su Alexanian says during a mid-discussion check-in at Lillian H. Smith library.

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