While my fiancee was at a bridal store for a wedding party she’s in I was able to do something I really enjoy in Toronto: walk along a street and find a cafe I’ve never been to.
That’s the exciting party of a vibrant, mixed use street. You never know where you’ll end up.
Bookshelf at Enigma on Bloor Street West.
The Bloor-Dundas hub has a lot of potential in my mind because of the excellent transit service:
- Two streetcar routes and several bus routes;
- GO Transit train service and a 7 minute UP Express ride from Union Station;
- West Toronto Rail Path; and
- It’s almost connected with the new Bloor Street bike lanes.
Location of Enigma.
The other fun part of finding a new, local, small cafe is that you know you’re supporting hard-working small business leaders, just like my friends at T By Daniel in Brampton and on Main Street. It’s also accessible by good transit service and worth checking out.
I was lucky enough to see the eclipse today (pictures here and here) from my office through our cardboard box viewer which was put together by a colleague in a couple of minutes.
Here’s an interesting map for eclipse day 2017 and where the eclipse will be for Southern Ontario in 2024.
Traffic patterns matching the eclipse route HT https://twitter.com/dicktoblerone/status/899714921000312833
Route of the eclipse in 2024 HT https://twitter.com/AnthonyFarnell/status/899740151353548800
I was thrilled to see a tweet by Councillor Joe Cressy that a pinch point for people walking and cycling along the Martin Goodman waterfront trail will now be eliminated. Right now the sidewalk and the bicycle trail merges for a short distance just east of Bathurst St. There is a “cyclist dismount” sign where cyclists are asked to walk their bikes along the trail/sidewalk before resuming.
This has been a challenging and unsafe situation since it opened and it’s great to see that it will now be fixed.
Blue = Martin Goodman Trail, pink = sidewalk, orange = expanded deck to create more space.
Toronto is blessed with many ravines that offer an escape from the busiest of city life. Had some free time so I walked in the Nordheimer Ravine. I started at St. Clair West and ended up at the Summerhill TTC subway station.
Nice wooden bridge just ahead.
Sadly you’ll sometimes see plaques like this in Toronto covered in graffiti. Thankfully this one wasn’t.
I appear to have left Canada. Background on the Republic here (HT Steve Munro): http://spacing.ca/toronto/2016/01/29/the-republic-of-rathnelly/
I enjoyed seeing this YouTube video posted today by the Eglinton Crosstown LRT team. It shows the construction work on the surface portion of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The LRT will open in 2021 and yes, I’ll be there opening day. More details on the project here.
Helpful article here by Marvin JS Ferrer on the Barrie Line weekend GO train ridership. Check it out. Marvin is a student at the School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto.
I’ve used the weekend service when coming back from the cottage this summer. Some pictures below.