Wych way to the park?

I used to live near St. Clair & Bathurst, and more than once had the opportunity to stroll through Wychwood Park, a small private neighborhood just North of Davenport between Bathurst and Christie. Passing the gates into this place is like walking through some portal into a 19th century English hamlet.  Unlike those surrounding it, its […]

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There’s snow place like home

The city’s relationship with snow usually seems to follow a fairly predictable course. The first snowfall is met with either shock and rage and fear, or excitement and wonder and snowballs. Then the next few snowfalls often deepen those initial sentiments, and when the holidays come everyone is universally more okay with white fluffy stuff. […]

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Top ten: antiquated by-laws

I always enjoy a good top ten, and this week I want to share a uniquely Hogtown Crier list with you: The top ten by-laws from our city’s first 50 odd years of existence. This is by no means a list of the most important or even necessarily useful by-laws in Toronto’s history, but rather […]

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The Queen’s Desire

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) […]

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Hear ye, Hear ye

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 […]

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