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Why Bike Lanes Are Now More Popular in Toronto

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

There are several plausible reasons to explain the uptick in support, write Albert Koehl and Gideon Forman. Has Toronto turned the corner when it comes to accepting the bicycle as a legitimate part of our transportation system? A Forum Research poll from September 30 provides good reasons for optimism. Show More Summary

Rosie DiManno Should Feel Bad About Her Really Terrible Ledes (But She Won’t)

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Two ledes over the past week are both offensive and incomprehensible. Rosie DiManno loves her ledes. The top Toronto Star columnist is also quick to criticize others, as any journalist who provides commentary and analysis on a quick turnaround must be prepared to do. Show More Summary

Ridership Has Tripled on Toronto’s Union Pearson Express

The lower fares helped a lot. Union Pearson Express (better known as UP Express) is the 16-month-old rail connection between Pearson International Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto. It launched on June 6, 2015, a month before Toronto hosted the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Show More Summary

Torontoist Wins Award of Excellence at Heritage Toronto Awards

The event celebrates books, media, architecture, and community heritage projects that highlight Toronto's history. At last night’s Heritage Toronto Awards, Torontoist scooped up one Award of Excellence and one honourable mention. David...Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered The Blue Jays On The Brink

With the Blue Jays flailing, Toronto's dailies compete to best capture the drama. In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. It’s do-or-die this afternoon for the Toronto Blue Jays, as...Show More Summary

The City Manager’s 2016 State of Toronto Address: It’s Time to go Cold Turkey

In his annual address, the city manager lays out some of the challenges that Council should confront. We went to the city manager’s address so you didn’t have to. Every year, academics, wonks, politicos, and other assorted nerds assemble at U of T to listen to the city manager hold forth on the City’s financial situation. Show More Summary

What Commuting is Like for a Blind Torontonian

Assisted by her guide dog and a cane, Debbie Gillespie relies on public transit. In this new photo series, we follow Torontonians on their daily commutes through the city to explore the challenges faced while in transit. Debbie Gillespie...Show More Summary

David Crombie: Why Toronto Should Further Explore a Bid for Expo 2025

The former mayor argues that Toronto can use Expo 2025 as a catalyst for citybuilding. There comes a time in the life of every major city where one must look ahead and envision where we want to be in the decades ahead—how will we achieve...Show More Summary

Why Raising an LGBTQ-Positive Family in Toronto Sucks Less Now

Two initiatives are supporting LGBTQ inclusion at home. Meet Ollie. He’s six months old, has four parents, and is part of a historic reform to marriage legislation in Ontario. Ollie and his family were at Queen’s Park when the All Families...Show More Summary

The Case for Diversifying Development

Toronto needs to focus on the "missing middle"—townhouses and mid-rise buildings. Though Toronto continues to add housing at a rapid pace compared to many of its counterparts, it might not surprise you that new development is largely concentrated in the form of high-rise condominiums. Show More Summary

What to Check Out in Toronto October 17–23: Big City Improv Festival, International Festival of Authors, and Gord Downie

This week features an acclaimed Shaw Festival play, Justin Rutledge, and zombie fashion paired with pancakes. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Monday,...Show More Summary

Historicist: Greektown on the Danforth

Greek immigrants bring new life to Toronto’s east end. In spring of 1966, the once thriving commercial strip along the western portion of Danforth Avenue appeared to be struggling. “The area, universally referred to as ‘The Danforth,’...Show More Summary

Councillor Justin Di Ciano Faces Integrity Complaint Over Developer Ties: Report

The councillor denies any wrongdoing. Toronto’s integrity commissioner is investigating a complaint about Justin Di Ciano (Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) regarding his relationship with the developer Dunpar, reports the CBC. The complaint...Show More Summary

Doug Ford Still Loves Donald Trump, Says the Presidential Candidate Respects Women

Enough, Doug. Whatever the consequences, Doug Ford likes to say things. Sometimes these comments are ill-advised or nonsensical, like the time he spoke about being racist against apples. Yesterday, he spoke in glowing terms about Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president. Show More Summary

A New Home Opens its Doors to Victims of Sex Trafficking

Women who have been trafficked often have few places to go, but that's slowly changing. If Casandra Diamond didn’t have a safe place to go in September 2004, she would likely still be working in the sex trade, not knowing a life without violence. Show More Summary

Celebrating 250,000 Photos in the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Thank you! With Dan Philips’s photo uploaded to the Torontoist Flickr Pool, we have reached the 250,000 image mark, which is really amazing. Torontoist has always been a group effort, and that goes for the images we use too. For theShow More Summary

Here’s Why The Toronto Blue Jays Are Everything

Time, space, physics, hockey—the Jays can conquer it all. Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. The Blue Jays are good. Damn good. No, not just good, they’re great. Unstoppable. Unbeatable. Unbreakable. There’s absolutely no way they lose in the ALCS. Show More Summary

Leaf Phenom Auston Matthews Really Impressed Social Media

The Leafs lost, but he was still pretty amazing. The Toronto Maple Leafs were the worst team in the NHL last year, and fans were mostly okay with the result. The Leafs have been mostly bad or mediocre-but-not-good-enough for a decade now, and getting worse and stockpiling young talent was widely accepted as the best way to eventually improve. Show More Summary

Police Chief Mark Saunders Takes Questions on Twitter

And Torontonians had no shortage of things to ask. Yesterday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders participated in a Twitter Q-and-A. For one hour, he responded to people’s questions with short videos. The chat was part of the consultation process for the Toronto Police Service’s modernization effort. Show More Summary

A Brief History of the Scarborough Subway

A true political drama. Books can and will be written about the planning of the Scarborough subway. Herein, all we can try to do is offer a brief(ish) summary of how we got to the point we’re at now, which is that we’re building the thing. Show More Summary

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