Category Archives: Toronto

Mapping Toronto’s population growth

Data geeks across Canada were eagerly awaiting this day — February 8, 2017 — the first release of the 2016 Canadian Census of the Population. Today’s release only covers population and dwelling counts, further information on age, sex, household characteristics, … Continue reading

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Hallam Street and the Harbord Streetcar

Hallam Street looking east from Dufferin Street, January 2017 Hallam Street, which runs east-west from Shaw to Dufferin, north of Bloor Street, is unusually wide for such a quiet, short road. Hallam Street doesn’t provide a convenient thoroughfare for motorists, and … Continue reading

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Mapping Toronto’s street railways in the TTC era (1921-2016)

Yonge Street at St. Clair Avenue, 1922. The TTC was busy in its first few years joining together the various street railway systems together and expanding services. Here, work is underway to extend city streetcar service to Glen Echo Loop … Continue reading

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Mapping Toronto’s streetcar network: The age of electric – 1891 to 1921

TRC streetcars on Queen Street, c. 1910. Note the old TSR horsecars used as trailers behind the electric cars. City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 722, Item 18 This post continues from The Horsecar Era: 1861 to 1891  In … Continue reading

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From the vaults: the end of Yonge Street

Note: This article was previously published in Spacing Toronto on April 13, 2011. One of Toronto’s greatest debates concerns Yonge Street’s controversial claim as “the World’s Longest Street.” Indeed, the Guinness Book of World Records published Yonge Street’s status as the true record … Continue reading

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An exciting future for Old City Hall

Activist New York exhibition, Museum of the City of New York, January 2015 During my last visit to New York City, in January 2015, I visited the Museum of the City of New York. I spent several hours exploring the … Continue reading

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Leadership, John Tory style (part 2)

No, John Tory, you’re not a leader. Continue reading

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