Angry Robot

Toronto’s ‘city of the future’ is being built next to a relic of our past

In search of the elusive Lawren Harris “Toronto House”

I had no idea Harris painted city life.

Want Amazon’s new HQ in your town? Must have bike lanes, says Amazon

Awesome.

Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death

That’s great, but I hate how the Liberals don’t do anything unless there’s an election on the horizon. They could have saved lives by doing this years ago.

How chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat tried to stop the Scarborough subway

As the top bureaucrat announces her departure from city hall, the untold story of how she tried but failed to prevent what’s been called the city’s biggest transit “boondoggle” can be found in her email inbox

Toronto’s outspoken chief planner quits

How an urban farming collective is planting seeds of change


This is great: 70 new stations to Bike Share TO in August.

Pizza Pizza fight began with complaint that order took too long, witness says

Canadians being polite as usual

King Street pilot project wins city council approval

Good… I think? The plan is a little confusing. Simpler to just make it transit / bike / pedestrian only.

Interesting half-hour doc featuring Christopher Hume talking about streets, cars, bikes, downtown and suburbs. Article here.

Toronto’s ambitious bike plan, one year later

As you might expect, a little disappointing

We Bought a Crack House

Everyone’s favourite hate read this week, in which a yuppie couple evict a bunch of poor people so they can renovate their third property and blow $1-million through a series of poor decisions

My daily commute by bike turned me into a witness of a truly tragic event

We will look back on how our roads are structured in decades to come and consider it barbaric.

Axing OMB boosts cities’ planning power – for better or for worse

On the proposed replacement for the not well-loved Ontario Municipal Board

My favourite park is coming along nicely

The dirty secret of Toronto’s bacteria-laced harbour

While the city tests for E. coli at Toronto’s beaches, a few kilometres away, in the city’s inner harbour — home to boating clubs, windsurfers and paddleboarders — elevated E. coli levels are considered so common, no government agency is even routinely testing.

A community divided: The fight over Canadian values threatens to boil over in Peel


Warning: you cannot unsee this. (It’s something about the audio/video mismatch perhaps that makes this extra creepy? Like we’ve been let into the psyche of a deranged car-man.)

Dazzling colour photographs of 1950s and 60s Toronto at night – love these. Didn’t know The Bloor used to be called the Midtown. I grew up right near here.

Signal Problems

A comic that combines the TTC with magical monsters. I’m in!

The artist Matthew Borrett has a series called Hypnagogic City currently at Red Head Gallery in Toronto.

Downtown Toronto went all in with a pair of Kings

Re: rezoning of King St in the 90s

Desperation Sets in for House Hunters in Toronto’s Red-Hot Market – Bloomberg

Good look at the real estate situation in Toronto within a broader North American context.