Affordable Housing coming to a downtown neighbourhood

The project being built near the Canary and Distillery Districts will consist of 761 market rental apartment units, 30% being affordable rentals which will be indistinguishable in their design.  The 3 buildings are a collaboration between the Danish Architectural Firm,  COBE , as well as a client group who have commissioned them to design a multi-use residential development.

The plans for the development is sensitive to the  community needs and the surrounding neighbourhoods with  the emphasis on building a residential, recreational and commercial environment.

Read about this upcoming development here

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114th Annual Santa Claus Parade

With the festive season ramping up, be sure not to miss the 114th running of the Santa Claus Parade this Sunday, November 18th.  Find all you need to know about this fun filled annual event here.

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Reverse Engineering the urban core

After decades of development in which concrete, asphalt and massive areas of landfill have served to threaten our environment,  cities are embarking on a “re-wilding” process which would see the re-integration of vegetation and green spaces, back into vulnerable areas of the city footprint.  Bringing back a city’s natural landscape, even in small quantities has a huge impact on helping our shorelines regenerate and bring plant and wildlife back to the regions.

Many cities worldwide have begun to incorporate  re-wilding into their cities’ landscapes to ensure that damages from climate change may in some small way, be lessened over time.

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Kensington Market

Kensington Market has been enjoying some exciting changes within the neighbourhood and the transformation of the former Fairland Grocery store will be no exception.

Opening this summer within the former grocery store space will be an interactive art/music installation which pairs local artists and musicians in a collaborative mash-up of talent.  Find out more by clicking here.

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Digging up the past

An unprecedented excavation site in Amsterdam revealed hundreds of years of artifacts dating from the early 1300’s to present day.  The site of a new metro line which saw a portion of the Amstel River being drained,  uncovered over 17,000 objects which have been photographed and catalogued by archaelogists.  From a boat hook circa 1300 – 1625,  to 21st century items such as ID cards, coins, dentures and yes, even lost marbles, all can be viewed in the Below the Surface website here. 


The Masonic Temple

With The Concert Hall at the Masonic Temple slated to reopen this June, we thought a little history on this iconic building was in order.  We found this great article written by Doug Taylor a few years ago giving the reader better insight into the foundations of this beautiful building. Check it out here.


Laneway Reinvention

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.  We have all come to know this 3-word moniker as a mantra for dealing with the billions of pounds of refuse we humans generate annually.  But those three widely recognized words could soon be coming to a laneway near you.  The ability to purchase a home or more urgently to find affordable rental units is reaching a critical stage.  The scarcity of available housing has the City of Toronto dusting off some old studies and taking a second, more urgent look at what could be done to remedy this ever-increasing problem.

One solution is Laneway homes.  Affordable units perched above laneway garages and attached to the principal home’s city services, could alleviate the burdening and endless array of some permit requirements and other obstacles while offering a very smart solution to a currently dismal rental market.

Richard Trapunski wrote an interesting and thought-provoking article in Now Magazine which offers the reader an insight into the problem and possible solutions in the form of Laneway Houses.  Reduce the urgency of an ever-diminishing rental market.  Reuse available space to the benefit of homeowners and renters alike. And Recycle the neglected garages into viable living spaces.  Let’s hope we see some serious action in this positive direction and not have the momentum fall victim to red tape and bureaucracy as it has in the past.

To read the article click here