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Pulse Front at Harbourfront, by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Has the cultural renaissance begun? [ Toronto Star ]
Renaissance ROM, finally realized [ Globe and Mail ]
Concert lights up festival [ Toronto Star ]
Pulse of the city [ Eye Weekly ]

Will Alsop’s west-side recipe: planning anarchy! [ Globe and Mail ]
Sam’s: Everything must go? What about the building? [ Globe and Mail ]
Inside City Hall: Shiner rumoured to be leaving city hall, run for Tories [ Globe and Mail ]
The book on Toronto [ Toronto Star ] — by Spacing contributing editor Amy Lavender Harris
Don Valley closed for bike ride [ Globe and Mail ]
Why are greens so white? [ Toronto Star ]

L.A.’s homeless program offers a cautionary tale [ Toronto Star ]
Shanghai: An urban fabric reduced to tatters [ Toronto Star ]
Cairo: Africa’s only subway a smooth ride [ Toronto Star ]

How much greener can we get? [ Globe and Mail ]
In the market for weirdos [ National Post ]
Five things to do this week [ National Post ]

photo courtesy of Luminato



  1. Re: Pulse at Harbourfront

    Is this what the Ontario Government means by “Flick off”?

  2. Re: Sam the Record Man.

    It’s a little asinine of Ryerson’s president to think the building would be best used as a university library or study facility. It’s located in one of the busiest shopping districts in Canada and they want to buy the property so only a couple thousand people will get minimal use for a span of 4 years, then never to be used by them again? Or perhaps it’s just to give Ryerson an advertising edge. Buy a property in a hugely trafficked location and put up big Ryerson signs promoting the school in order to attract more students.

    From a business standpoint, the store is most valuable split up into 2 or 3 units. Frankly, I’d love to see a theatre or something, but you know that ain’t gonna happen.

  3. Ryerson are already “teaching over the shop” on Dundas – no reason I can think of why they couldn’t do something similar on Yonge, retaining a storefront for selling Ryerson stuff while using the upper floors for teaching.

    Amalgamating commercial, residential and retail is key especially as they tend to operate at differing times keeping more eyes on the street and making a case for off-peak transit.

  4. Incidentally, the “why are greens so white” was a good read – this issue (engagement of all Torontonians in city debates and issues) isn’t going away.