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Railpath Construction, July 9 2008

Railpath Construction, July 9 2008

The West Toronto Rail Path, under construction. Looking north over the Bloor St. bridge.

Photo by Ranajit Singh, July 9 2008.

Why Lansdowne is on the up and up

Saturday's National Post had an article by Leah Sandals, Why Lansdowne is on the up and up.

The article mainly focuses on the local art scene that is migrating to our neighbourhood, particularly from Queen St. West. Three major art projects are mentioned:

  1. Georgia Scherman Projects at 300 Campbell Ave.
  2. Public Art, by Dyan Marie and Richard Mongiat
  3. Toronto Free Gallery at 1277 Bloor St. W.

As the article says, "Grab a coffee at local fave Yasi's Place and come along."

You can view the article online at the National Post Website, or view a PDF of the article here.

Thanks to Joan for bringing this article to our attention!

Bloor Dundas Avenue Study

Bloor Dundas Avenue Study

Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study Area. map from the City of Toronto, June 2008.

Kick-Off Public Meeting - Bloor Dundas Avenue Study

The City of Toronto's Bloor Dundas Avenue Study web page is now online. There will be a "kickoff" meeting on July 8th, details are listed below. Please see the attached PDF file for the original version.

Kick-Off Public Meeting
Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study

Tuesday, July 8, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Saint Joan of Arc - Gymnasium
1701 Bloor Street West (Map)

Bloor Dundas Avenue Study: Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study Area.  map from the City of Toronto, June 2008.
Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study

The City is undertaking a study for the portion of Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street West and for Dundas Street West between Glenlake Avenue and Boustead Avenue.

The purpose of the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ study is to create a framework for new development and identify needed service, transportation or streetscape improvements. The City Planning Division’s recent Bloor Street Visioning Initiative will inform the study’s work and help shape a vision for the area.

Join us! Come learn about the study and how you can participate.

Looking for more information? Visit to learn more
about the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ study.

Busy Saturday in the Neighbourhood!

This Saturday, June 21st, will be a busy day in our neighbourhood!

BIG on Bloor Festival
The BIG festival starts at 1:00pm, on Bloor St. between Lansdowne Ave. and Christie Pits. Bloor St. will be closed to automobile traffic, but opened up to community groups, local shops and restaurants, art exhibits, performances, and more. At 6:00pm, the whole street will turn in to a 2.5km long dinner party.

Also, artist Richard Mongiat will officially unveil his new murals on Bloor St., west of Lansdowne Ave.

Perth Park Community Festival
The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club is hosting a community festival in Perth Ave. Park. There will be games, live music and dancing performances, food, dancing, surprise guests, and more.

Have fun!

New murals on Bloor St.

Over the last week or two, you may have noticed some new murals going up in our neighbourhood. These murals are painted on the concrete walls of the railway underpass on Bloor St. between Ruttan St. and St. Helen's Ave.

The artist, Richard Mongiat, is painting these murals in preparation for this Saturday's BIG on Bloor festival, where they will be officially unveiled.

Walk by and have a look. It's a nice upgrade to the plain industrial concrete look of that underpass.

Murals on Bloor St.

Murals on Bloor St.

Some of the new murals on Bloor St., under the train tracks between Ruttan St. and St. Helens Ave.

The murals are by Richard Mongiat.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2008-06-17.

West Bend CA Meeting: GO Transit/TTC Link

The West Bend Community Association, which covers the neighbourhood immediately to the west of us on the other side of Dundas St., is having their June meeting this Wednesday. The main topic of this meeting is the proposed tunnel linking GO Transit's Bloor Station to the TTC's Dundas West subway station, as well as the West Toronto Diamond grade separation project. See below for the details about the meeting.

The West Bend Community Association - June Meeting
18 June 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Indian Road Crescent School 2nd floor staff room
285 Indian Road Crescent (map)

Guest Speaker: Imants Hausmanis, P.Eng., GO-Transit

Mr Hausmanis will describe the plans for a proposed underground connection between GO-Transit's Bloor Station and the TTC's Dundas West Station. In addition, he will provide an update on the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation Project (the "big dig" between Dupont and St. Clair, starting soon).

Other business: Negotiations begin for 1540 Bloor Street (Joe Mercury site)

Nonna's Place and C-Store

Nonna's Place and C-Store

New businesses at the Bloor/Symington/Sterling intersection.

The C-Store and Cafe has been open for several months, and it looks like Nonna's Place is getting ready to open soon.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2008-06-07

BIG on Bloor 2008 - Poster

BIG on Bloor 2008 - Poster

BIG on Bloor Festival - June 21, 2008.

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