On June 16, 1873, the Globe published a letter from William H. Boulton, written on behalf of John George Howard, stating that Howard had authorized him to “hand to his Worship the Mayor an offer of 165 acres of land belonging to him on Humber Bay, to be conveyed to the City as a Public Park.” The offer seemed to attract little initial fanfare from the public, but in the years to come this would be recognized as a momentous event, with High Park seen today as the “jewel of Toronto’s park system.”
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You won’t be able to ride the subway between Union and St. Andrew stations this weekend: train service will be halted on December 7 and 8 so that the TTC can spend time constructing Union Station’s second platform.
You’ll have to use the Yonge subway to get to Union Station, but the 506 Carlton, 505 Dundas, 501 Queen, and 504 King streetcars will be there to help you switch between lines.
Subway service will return to normal on December 9 at 6 a.m.
SPOTTED BY: Hayley Easto, from Biking Toronto.
WHERE: Bloor East, between Sherbourne and the Bloor Viaduct.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3
WHAT: The City has decided that old-fashioned pavement-coloured bike lanes aren’t always good enough for Toronto’s cyclists. Road crews are painting certain “conflict zones”—areas where cars and bikes frequently interfere with one another—this attractive shade of green. For the time being, the experiment will be restricted to parts of Bloor Street East near Parliament Street and the viaduct off-ramp, and also bits of Wellesley Street. (And, of course, Sherborne Street has had bright-green bike boxes since last year.)
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The King-Spadina neighbourhood is seeing a lot of change, given the massive amounts of development underway and in consideration, including the landmark Mirvish+Gehry proposal that is heading for the Ontario Municipal Board. On November 25, approximately 50 residents from around the King-Spadina neighbourhood joined city planners and Ward 20 Councillor Adam Vaughan for a discussion about community services and the public realm in the King-Spadina East area.
If you’re like the vast majority of TTC riders, you’re at best vaguely aware that every one of the TTC’s subway cars has a four-digit identification number printed on its side in red numerals. Tyler James is not like most riders, and that’s why he spent November trying to get the TTC to peel the number plate off one particular car and give it to him.
Somewhat surprisingly, the TTC is going along with it. “This isn’t something that we’d normally do,” said Brad Ross, the TTC’s director of corporate communications. “But I thought it was touching. And I thought if we could do this for him then we would.”