Whether you like it or not, sports will always be an integral part of this town. Even if you couldn’t care less where the Leafs are on their annual roller coaster, at the very least you have to occasionally deal with rowdy fans in jerseys on the subway, or the front of a bus cheering a […]Read more "The house of the other other Maple Leafs"
Hi folks – today I have a bonus post in honour of Remembrance Day that is a little bit of a departure from my previous posts. Don’t worry, for the faithful few that follow this fledgling blog, the usual Thursday post will still be up this week. A few weeks ago I was walking along King Street […]Read more "Great Scot!"
You know what a desire line is. You see them all the time. They’re those dirt paths that make a little crescent to cut off a corner, or a thin but distinct line that makes a diagonal slice through a grassy field, connecting two corners of a rectangular paved path. A desire line (or path) […]Read more "The Queen’s Desire"
We talk about transit all the time around here. We talk about why it’s annoying, why it’s convenient, subway ads, squeaky escalators, why it’s inconvenient, what we need, what we should change. This isn’t exclusively a contemporary phenomenon either, we’ve been talking about transit in this city since this has been a city. There are lots […]Read more "The Spadina Streetcar Saga"
I always knew that the government in Canada (and its provincial and municipal subsidiaries) has historically been an old boy’s club. The term “alderman” just oozes older white rich oligarchic businessmen lounging in mahogany chairs with scotch and cigars, harrumphing about their financial exploits in transport, or manufacturing, or maybe textiles, or lawyering. When I first did a little […]Read more "Alder king’s men"
Welcome to the Hogtown Crier. If this is your first time here, let me tell what the HC is all about. I’m a big fan of cities. I’ve visited a few other big western cities and while the point can be made that cities are all the same or equal until they’re your city, Toronto is objectively the […]Read more "Hear ye, Hear ye"