Pre-knock-down popups

Temporary business spaces and childcare where the bank was. Valu-Mart will have to close for years.

The TD bank at the corner of Danforth and Woodbine is gone. New occupants offer day care and workspace for self-employed freelancers. For now.

It will take a while for plans to become reality, but the development notice predicts a 15 storey building on the site.

264 cars? Will there still be cars in the future?

This fits with policy that encourages increased density around subway stations, but is the subway able to handle the increased loads? I read that Line 2 will be nursing its old cars for another decade. Maybe capacity will be up to demand by the time this is occupied.

Yikes! This really dwarfs everything around it. See? I thought cars would disappear.

The arsonists who burned down the old Home Hardware lumber yard on the south side of the intersection really started something, didn’t they? That site got a big condo, but it’s small compared with this one.

The odd-shaped footprint jogs around the subway station and a row of low rise stores

What’s it gonna be?

The Main Sewage Treatment Playground/Pumphouse Park near Eastern and Coxwell avenues will be decommissioned in the next few years. The heritage buildings will be up for grabs, to be repurposed for community use.

It’s good to save these old buildings. Note the tower stack on the right.
Impressive looking, but I don’t understand the playground equipment. 🙂
A closer look does not help me at all. It has fins. Very 1950s.

A 3D satellite map view kind of explains that the gaily painted stack is functional … and hooked to pumping station innards. What it does? Can you tell me?

This will all be replaced by a new facility going in right now, south of Lakeshore Boulevard.

Framing our Robitaille

The moment I heard it, I knew it was a keeper. The remark applies in so many situations.

In other countries, it can be hard to sell things. In Canada, it can be hard to buy things.

John Robert Colombo

I thought it would be a cinch to frame an 24″x18″ canvas. It’s a stock size and we wanted a natural wood finish.

We got one, as you see, but not without a shopping trip downtown, an online purchase, a return, trips to Danforth for estimates (2) another estimate on Queen Street, yet another online purchase from different dealer, a drop shipment to the local store and a walk to pick it up. It took weeks.

Click image to enlarge. Through the Back Window by Suzanne Robitaille

The effort was worthwhile. The painting hangs in natural light, in a guest room that also serves as Danica’s study. I have tried to render the photo with colours that are close to the real thing, but they will look different on every screen.

Left: wall facing the new painting. Right, the new painting between two others.

For context, the Robitaille painting is in the middle, on the right, flanked by two Helen Andersens. It faces a wall with even more art, mostly Helen’s but there is also a very nice watercolour by Gordon Kit Thorne. Your piece is in good company, Suzanne. We think the frame suits it.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Your Royko Recipe for July, 2019

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
This salad has been an immediate hit with anybody who has ever tried it.
Serves 6 to 8. Canadian Living Magazine

[Paul’s editorial comment]
California black olives are unlike any other black olives in the world…and NOT for the better! They’re picked green and treated with a lye-based preservative which also bleaches them. Then, they’re died black using an iron-based compound. It’s no wonder they taste so bad, unless you’re an American who has never had the real thing.

1/2 lb. penne
2 tbl. extra virgin olive oil
1 small julienned red pepper
1 small julienned green bell pepper
3 oz. julienned pepperoni
1 fresh coarsely chopped tomato
1 cup julienned zucchini-unpeeled
3/4 cup grated provolone cheese
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 cup imported black olives -NEVER use California olives
1/2 cup finely chopped red onions

6 tbl. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbl. balsamic vinegar
1 large clove minced garlic
2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot of boiling water, cook penne until al dente. Rinse under cold running water and drain well. Transfer to a large salad bowl and toss with olive oil. Add peppers, pepperoni, tomato, zucchini, provolone, parsley, olives and onion. Toss lightly.

Prepare vinaigrette. In a food processor or small bowl, combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour over salad and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Back to Regent Park

Obviously, housing is a fundamental purpose for all of the new construction in Regent Park, but the arts play a large role, too. the Daniels Spectrum building is an expression of this emphasis.

The Daniels Spectrum building is an art hub, across the street from the aquatic centre on Dundas.

Regent Park is home to many families new to Canada. Art provides opportunity for expression of cultural identity and helps give meaning to unfamiliar surroundings. Some of the value is communal, some therapeutic. A few participants may develop vocations based on their experiences here, but that is not necessarily the purpose.

Approach to the front door, on the Regent Park Boulevard side

The interior provides studio space for classes, stages for performances, meeting places, walls for gallery display and various digital tools for contemporary art making, including music.

Are we are experimenting with ways to make lives meaningful in a society of diverse culture and post-employment income systems? Art, sport and gardening as replacements for wage slavery? Could be.

Going slow in summer heat

My mother used to use a phrase, when she felt it was time for her teenagers to do some house cleaning. “You should get in there and crut out that room of yours,” she’d say.

The word returned to me, when I looked around my messy studio. Crut. First stop, the Urban Dictionary, always good for a laugh.

My grandpa had pants like these. Not a look that ever came back.

When pants are pulled up so that they encompass the entire stomach, giving the illusion that the crotch extends all the way up to the nipples, thus creating a spherical belly bulge. (Most commonly associated with the elderly or obese)

Urban Dictionary

No, that wasn’t Mom’s meaning. I think she may have created her own term, by replacing the D in crud with a T. Anyway, that’s enough procrastinating. Time to crut out my room.

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