Results tagged “urban landscape” from TWISIA

Chicago - Wall of Buildings

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Looking across the river in Chicago.  I love how the buildings rise on either side of the river, just like canyon walls.  You can see a wonderful mix of the old and the new in the architectural styles of the buildings here.  There's everything from the ornate buildings of early in the 20th century up to today's simple, clean boxes.   I'd love to go to Chicago again - it was a lot of fun to wander around.

Buddha Wagon

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Toronto Icons

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The view from King Street West.  Nothing says Toronto for me like the CN Tower, although Roy Thomson Hall comes close.  (Did you know it was originally going to be New Massey Hall?)

Chicago - View From Navy Pier

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Navy Pier is wonderful to walk on.  There's so much to see, and do, on this structure sticking way out into the lake.  And looking back on the city from the pier gives such great views.  As you can see, we were lucky enough to visit the city during a warm spell in February.  Only a week before, weather was bad enough that people ended up trapped on the highway because of the snow.  The evidence of that snowfall was all over the city when we arrived, but it quickly started to melt as the temperatures rose to almost 10C.

Chicago - Subway

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I love the look and the cleanliness of the Chicago Subway trains.  There were a lot of features of the trains that I liked - such as the recorded messages telling you not only which station the train is pulling into, but also which side of the train you'll be exiting by.  I loved that the train travelled along the center median of a major highway, too - such a smart city planning decision. 

Chicago - From the Sears Tower

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Another view of Chicago's skyline -this time from the top of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower).  It's hard taking night shots with the Rebel - I find myself envying my wife's Canon 5D.  If I'd taken a tripod with me, it would have been better, but we had been walking around all day, and carrying a tripod for that long without using it would have been annoying.  This, and other shots from the tower, were taken at ISO 800 or ISO 1600, hand held, from behind glass, and they didn't turn out too bad at all.  

Chicago - Chicago Theater

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Can you guess what city this theater is in?

I love the detail on the building - and the way it stands out next to it's neighbours.  

Chicago - Trump Tower

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I loved the concentration of fantastic architecture in Chicago's downtown.  There were more tall buildings clustered around the downtown than you could shake a stick at.  Not surprising, as Chicago is widely cited as the birthplace of the modern skyscraper.  The Trump Tower is an example of the modern practice of glass and steel exteriors, and it's an impressive sight, as you walk down the street.  But as you can see from the other buildings in the shot, there are a wide variety of different structural styles in the city.  The steel and glass looks clean, and is impressive on one hand, but I think I prefer the more ornate and organic looking buildings that I saw elsewhere.

Chicago - Alleyway and Icicles

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The day we got to Chicago was warm - unseasonably warm.  Melting snow and ice had formed these huge ice structures, and the 45F temperatures had everything dripping.  When we planned to go to Chicago in December, I was worried about being cold as we wandered around.  When that got rescheduled to February, I was even more worried about temperatures.  But we wandered around the entire weekend feeling overdressed and warm, not even needing hats or scarves through most of it.

Chicago - State Street, Under the El

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Some of my most enduring impressions of Chicago come from "The Blues Brothers" - I remember scenes of Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi racing underneath the elevated subway tracks in Chicago.  A little while ago, my wife and I made a pilgrimage to Chicago, and took the time, between fabulous diner eating, to take a bunch of photos of the downtown area.  This particular shot was taken on the first day of our visit.

Empty Streetcar

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Empty streetcar on Spadina.  I occasionally have to run up to Spadina and College on my lunch hour, and it's rare that I get onto a streetcar without anyone else on it.  But this time, I managed to find one that nobody else needed.  Of course, it came just after and just before another one, proving that when you don't want streetcars to arrive, they're always there. 

Winter Cars

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At least this winter FEELS like a winter.  Last year didn't feel like winter very often - more like an extended, depressing fall.  I like it when we get snow.  I even like the cold, believe it or not, it makes me feel like there's a reason to spend time indoors.  

Cold Hydrant

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Okay, I know it's been cold in Toronto, but I don't think it's been THIS cold. 

Distillery Tower

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Okay - this is an older photo - I took it back in October.  But doesn't the Distillery District look spooky-awesome at night?  I have to go back there with a tripod and take a bunch of night shots.

Bravo and Steam

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I love the way the sign looks when the steam is billowing around it.  Bravo used to be one of the stations I watched a lot - their studios are located just south of my work, at the intersection of Queen and John.  I haven't watched too much on there lately, though - there just doesn't seem to be as many programs on there that I want to see.

Downtown 2011

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Some of the bank towers of Toronto's Financial District, as seen from John Street.  These towers loom over the city, much like the related institutions loom over the economy.  

Strange Doings at the Dome

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It looks like the site of some mysterious government conspiracy - like there's aliens being autopsied underneath the dome.  It's actually a dome over an outdoor stadium, but it really got our imaginations going.

Liberty Village - Roastery in Winter

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There are some seriously cool looking cafes and restaurants in Liberty Village.  I love the name of this one - The Roastery.  I wonder if their menu reflects the name - roasted coffee, roast chicken, roast beef, roast veggies...  I think it would be harder to come up with a dessert menu, though.

Liberty Village - Kuda Buddha

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I love the multicultural nature of Toronto.  You never know what culture you're going to run into when you walk through the city.  This, for example, was nestled into a neighbourhood that looks no different than some of the suburbia that I grew up in.  Down the street, the neighbourhood switched from residential to industrial.  However, doesn't he look cold, sitting in the snow like that?

Liberty Village - Vogue Supperclub

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Every year, for my birthday, we go on a photowalk.  Usually, we end up going somewhere around the city that I've never gone.  This year, we headed down to Liberty Village to see what's there. It's a formerly industrial area now turned into offices, restaurants and such.  The building in the middle of the shot is called the Vogue Supperclub.  I have no idea if they still need the tall smokestack, but it's definitely a distinctive part of the neighbourhood. 

Marilyn Shelter

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It's kind of creepy to have a giant Marilyn head staring at you as you wait for the next streetcar.  I mean - it feels like she's staring at me when I'm in this shelter.  And she's larger than life size, too.  I suppose it could be worse - it could be Don Cherry. (heh)

Traffic and Snow

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Winter, winter, winter - and along with the cold, we get snow.  It was only flurries, but it is a precursor of times to come.  I love the way the headlights catch the snowflakes - with the slow shutter speed, the individual flakes become streaks of light.  It can be challenging to take pictures in a snowstorm.  The camera tends to get wet, and electronics and moisture don't always play well together.  The best thing that I've found is to rest my hands on top of the camera when I'm not taking shots, but when it's bad enough, I put the camera away, or put the body into a ziploc bag to protect it.  (Put the camera in the bag, with the lens poking out - the plastic protects the electronics, and the lens is free and clear.)

Crystal Growth

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The ROM Crystal seems to be growing on top of the old museum structure like some sort of mineral deposit.  My wife hates the Crystal, but I like it.  I like that it doesn't look like a traditional building.  I like that it takes chances with architecture.  God save us from boring boxes of glass and steel - give me something that challenges my perceptions of what a building can be. It doesn't have to be outrageous, like the Crystal, or like the OCAD building, but at least make it visually interesting.  

Water Treatment Building

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I've loved the look of this building since I first saw it, driving along Lakeshore Blvd.  It sits, looking like a huge sculpture, north of Lakeshore, just west of Coxwell.  At one point, I think that I learned that it's part of the Ashbridges Bay Water Treatment Plant, but I could be wrong.  All summer long, there was scaffolding around it as they did maintenance, but most fo the scaffoldign is down now, and you can see the wonderful sculpted sides of the building.  It looks wonderful in the late afternoon light, too. 

Can't Wait for Spring II

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More summer playground equipment waiting for spring to arrive.  Could you play baseball in the winter?  Probably not.  I remember a few times playing in late fall where the crack of the bat was followed by a curse as the vibrations stung cold hands.  And at this point of the year, the infield would not be fun to slide on.  I guess we're better off sticking to games like hockey, and sports like skiing. 

Can't Wait For Spring

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Winter in the park can be very lonely.  It's a long, cold, dark season, and there are few, if any, people around in the park.  This year, I want to get out and enjoy the season more, rather than do the usual hibernating that happens all to often.  I want more fresh air, and sunshine even if it's cold air. 

Winter at the Track

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There's something lonely about a stadium in winter.  The warm weather is gone, and the stadium sits there, unused until spring, waiting for people to visit.  And with such bright colors on the track, too.  It's got that nice inflatable dome over the field, but there's not much going on all winter.  I wonder if the stadium hibernates...

Ivy and Cable

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Looking at this picture, I wonder which came first - the ivy or the electrical cables.  Given the age of some of the buildings on the campus, it could be a tossup.  There are some serious quantities of ivy on the walls of U of T, and it seems to like to go underneath the exterior conduit.  I have to think that ivy will damage the walls, given enough time, but it seems to be tremendously popular on old buildings. 

Street Light and Leaves

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More from the University of Toronto.  I have to go back there in the summer to take pictures.  We got tons of great shots, but - OMG it was cold.  We were not the only people wandering around taking pictures, though.  I saw at least three other people wandering around with their cameras out, braving the chills.

Construction

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Construction continues throughout the winter, all around Toronto.  I often find myself wondering what it's like to work high up in a new building during the cold - do you feel it more up there?  It's got to be somewhat awe inspiring to see a storm swirling around you while you're 300 feet up from the street, and to feel the wind and snow pelting you as you work in the open air.  I know that I wouldn't want to do that work, but I certainly appreciate the folks that do it. 

Happy New Year!!!

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Happy New Year, folks!  Did you celebrate the arrival of 2011 in style?  Did you go out partying, or stay home with family?  Did you stay up till after midnight, or did you go to bed earlier?  The new year stretches ahead of us, filled with possibilities, lined with milestones and events.  I hope all of you have a wonderful year.

At The Toronto Meridian

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On the campus of University of Toronto, this sculpture sits exactly on the Toronto Meridian, and points towards the Magnetic North Pole.  Apparently, this was the official designation of Toronto until 1908, according to the plaque under the sculpture.  Magnetic north was almost coincident with true north in 1840, but by 1898 it had drifted westward by 5 degrees.  This sculpture commemorates the designation, and shows how long the Univeristy of Toronto has been around. 

TIFF Bell Lightbox

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The new home of the Toronto International Film Festival, located at King St and John St.  It's a beautiful building, and I have to remember to get down there next year during TIFF to see what's going on.  On a side note, it was VERY cold waiting for the streetcar at this intersection - so cold that I decided to walk to University Ave.  Why is it that in the winter, you so often see huge delays between streetcars, followed by a rash of them, one after another.  It happens with buses too, and it's really annoying.  (Especially when the first streetcar to go by is totally stuffed with people and won't let anyone else on.)

Alien in the Distillery

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It was cold when the aliens landed - their vehicles were large, and found their way into the city.  Their appearance provoked cries of awe and terror that quickly faded to annoyance, as the glacial pace made them more road hazard than invading force.  In fact, some of the vehicles stood in place long enough that buildings were erected around them, turning them into art pieces like this one.

Seriously, though, this is a really neat sculpture down in the Toronto Distillery district.  I went down to Pikto  to pick up some prints for my daughter, and had to take a shot of this.  Of course, with no tripod, or monopod, I had to improvise for the 2 1/2 second exposure.  Walls are handy, though, so I managed to get a pretty good shot. 

Bay Street - Looking Up Again

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Nothing says Bay Street like tall buildings lining each side of the street.  However, the tall buildings have the wonderful effect of channeling the wind rather spectacularly.  Just after taking this picture, my new hat was blown right off my head, and I ended up chasing it across 4 lanes of traffic.  Lesson learned - when it's windy, and you want to take pictures - leave the hat at home.

Bay Street - Looking In

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I love the look of the ceiling in this place.  The way the light streams in just makes me happy.  I have to come down here more often and get shots - I bet it's wonderful early in the morning.

Bay Street - Looking Up

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Looking up at the TD Tower from Bay Street.  So much money. So many buildings. So much wind.

Holdup at Broadview

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This lineup of streetcars on Queen was a result of an incident on a Queen streetcar at Broadview.  The police were interviewing passengers on a streetcar just past Broadview, in front of The Opera House.  I was able to get off a streetcar at the end of this line, walk up and do some errands, and get on one of the streetcars at the front of the line, at which point, the police let traffic go again.  It was amazing, however, to see so many streetcars lined up at this corner.

Distillery Truck

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I love this old truck in the Distillery District.  It's all rusted and rough textured, and it suits the architecture so much.  Yeah, I know, the Distillery sometimes comes off as a tremendously expensive tourist trap.  And I know, the shops there are very specialized and snooty - but the artists that have rented space there do some seriously interesting stuff.  It's worth checking out.

Fall Leaf

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They city is so colorful this time of year.  All the trees lose their green, and drop brightly colored leaves all over the ground.  And people start wearing jackets, and pretty soon, the snow will come and make the city grey again.  But for now, we have reds, yellows, and oranges scattered across the sidewalks and roads to make us happy.

Belmonts and Rails

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Cigarette package left on the bed of the truck carrying new rails for TTC Streetcar line on Coxwell. 

New Graffiti on Dupont

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Baby's first tag!

Okay, so that's probably not why they're taking their own pictures in front of this new mural.  But it definitely makes the garage look a lot better.  And, coincidentally, it's likely that having the garage painted like this will make it less likely to be tagged by something stupid or lame.  I like the mix of colours on this one - it reallly livens up a boring section of Dupont.

Angry Sun

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I love spotting graffiti, it's a sign of a dynamic neighbourhood.  (Of course, I've never owned anything that got tagged, so my perspective is likely to be more benign than some others...) I like it even better when it's got some artistic merit.  This one amuses me, because of the contrast between the tag, and the phrase "sunny disposition".

Glasses and Smudge

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I found these, sitting on the sidewalk on my way to work, and my mind immediately filled with questions.  Where did these come from?  How long were they here?  How did they get flattened?  So many questions, from such a simple thing.

Eating at Dundas and University

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They are there, every sunny day in the summer.  Eating around the memorial at Univeristy and Dundas.  It's a nice little spot of green and shade in the middle of the road, and it's got to be an interesting eating experience, to be sitting there, watching people go by, watching the cars go by on either side.  It's not the most unusual place to eat, I'm sure, but it's a little weird.

Windows and Colour

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I love the splashes of colour on this building. And I especially love that the colour seems to be trying to escape from the window wells and onto the side of the building, in the form of graffiti.  Or maybe the graffiti was there first, and it's starting to infect the staid, grey exterior of the building with bright and lively colour.  Wouldn't that be a weird world if that was possible. 

AGO Front

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I love the latticework of wires above the intersection here.  In the future, when Toronto gets more surface rail traffic, will it be powered by the same network of wires?  I have to confess - I like the streetcars in Toronto.  Sure, they can be quite a hassle to drive behind, and I tend to take alternate routes to get around them.  But they carry a ton of passengers compared to buses, they act as anchors to the streets equipped to carry them, and they're far less expensive to maintain, from what I've heard.  I'd like to see more streetcars in downtown, and less cars.

Bus Stop

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A slightly different perspective on the bus stop at the end of my street. 

Antenna Ball on McCaul

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So, Toronto is not ALL protests, demonstrations and conflicts with police.  We also have cute antenna balls, quiet neighbourhoods, and people that just want things to go back to normal - like this guy.  He seems happy enough, doesn't he?

Tasty Chinese Food

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The Village by the Grange is a popular student destination for lunch.  There are all kinds of places to get food, and at pretty good prices.  Fortunately for me, it's just around the corner, so it's easy to get to at lunchtime.

Watching the City

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Watching both the city, and the City TV building from the roof on John Street.  I'm not sure if it's graffiti, or if it's a mural - it could go either way.

Golden Alley 2010

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I'm loving the whole "out of the office and into the sunlight" aspects of the lengthening days.  More daylight means more chances to walk around and shoot.  I saw this as we walked up Spadina from Queen, on our way to dinner. 

Danny's Barber Shop

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One of the wonderful things about moving is that you get to find new things to photograph.  I'm finally getting out from under all my other chores, and I can start to get back to my photography.  I plan to be back posting on a more or less regular basis in the new year. 


I Am Going To Miss This View

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We're moving in a week and a half, and the packing has been consuming so much of my time that I had to take a moment to capture the skyline at sunset.  As much as I'm going to miss this view, I will have a whole new area to learn about, to take pictures of, and explore.  I can't wait!

Fall on Lewis Street

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A lovely fall day, on the way in to work.  It was a busy, busy summer, and now I find myself dreading - and also looking forward to - the upcoming winter.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get more time come December 1 to take and post pictures. 

Construction Site I

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Construction site at King Street West and John Street.  Taken from inside the Tim Horton's across the street.

Eastwood Manor

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Part of our photo-walk on Sunday took us by this place, on Gerrard, east of Coxwell - and the signage is awesomely retro - complete with grime and rust stains.  I love old signs, especially when they show their age.

Elvis - Is That You?

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It's been YEARS since I saw an Elvis bust.  My in-laws used to have booze in ceramic Elvis bottles, and I used to see them when I was frequenting the flea markets around Toronto.  But I didn't expect to see one on the edge of someone's driveway, that's for sure.  Oh Elvis - what have they done to you?

Nasty Jack

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Every Hallowe'en, the jack o'lantern shows up in neighbourhoods around the city.  This fine specimen looked particularly fierce, and I'm glad I'm not going around trick-or-treating to see him scowling down at me in the dark.

Queen and Bay

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It's always such a busy intersection.  Even on a Tuesday afternoon, in late fall, there's always a lineup of cars going through Queen Street.  I love the rows of flags by City Hall, and the cavern of buildings going up Bay Street.

Bow Me

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All I can think of is some fluffy white bunny with a really bad attitude.

Found on Queen Street West.

Wiarton Customs and Excise

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The post office and customs building in Wiarton, Ontario.  I have no idea why there's a customs office in the town - perhaps because of the federal fish hatchery built in 1906 or so, perhaps because of the proximity to Georgian Bay.  The building is marvellous, and totally suits the town itself.

Painting the Queen Mother

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Ready to paint the Queen Mother pub on Queen Street.

Fixing Her Hair

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It really is a huge advertisement for the upcoming Guess store on Queen Street.

Alleyway 2

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The city is full of hidden places, some beautiful, some not. I love the look of this alleyway that I found on one of my photowalks around the downtown core of Toronto. I mean - an alleyway that has trees on either side?  How great is that?

Mural on Queen

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This mural covers the doorway on Queen Street, east of Spadina.  I think the doorway goes up to an apartment over the stores, but I'm not sure.  Love the artwork, though.

Gourmet to Go

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Okay - I admit it.  I head to hot dog stands from time to time, when I'm working downtown.  Some of my fondest memories are of coming to the city to work, and having these vendors on (it seemed) every other corner selling sausages.  It was such a change for me, having previously grown up in a small town, and having worked in the suburbs. Even today, I get cravings for a hot Polish or Italian sausage with all the fixings on top, and I have to go indulge.

Wall Mural

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This mural graces the wall of an auto repair shop on Broadview Ave, north of Queen.

Bike Culture

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Wouldn't it be nice if more areas of the city were like this?  Don't get me wrong - I see a need for cars in a lot of instances.  But the city needs fewer cars, and more alternative transit.  We need buses, streetcars, more subways, and more bikes.  I mean, seriously, who takes an SUV downtown to shop for clothes?  Get out of your cars, and actually experience the city instead of driving through it like it was a suburban strip mall.

Origins and Reflections

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I wonder - is the reflection the secret identity of this scooter?  Is it better to be a totally fuel efficient form of transportation, or a more fuel efficient form? 

Heartbreak Hotel

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I had no idea there was actually a Heartbreak Hotel in Toronto.  Taken at the corner of Queen Street West and Palmerston Ave.  Looks like it has seen better days though - I wonder if the sign lights up at night

Waiting at Linda and Archie's

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Another empty storefront, late at night.  This one seemed best in black and white. 

Broadview and Gerrard

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It was a warm, clear night, and we decided to take a walk up Broadview.  I was struck by the combination of the empty street and the bright lights of the store on the corner.  The street is never empty during the day, and the market is always busy.  But that night, a strange sort of peace settled over the neighbourhood.

Wounded Bike

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Leftover from the commuter wars - looks like someone did a serious job on the front wheel.  I can only imagine the reaction to the person that left it there, when they found it like this.

Sign of the Times

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Special rates for smaller cars.  What a concept - and what a smart marketing move by the owners of the parking lot.  Does this mean that oversized vehicles will start having to pay extra?

Beetle Convertible

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The old Beetles were pretty near indestructable - and cheap to repair when they did break.  Sure, they didn't have all the safety systems that are mandated now, and their engines sounded and drove like sewing machines.  But there's something wonderful about them anyways.

Lonely Red Bike

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Nobody around, no one looking out for it - the bike feels lonely to me.  Nice bike, though.

Begin What?

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The hardest part of any project is the beginning.  Overcoming the inertia that keeps me sitting on the couch, watching the flickering lights on the screen is the hardest part for me.  Once I get started, everything else seems to flow. 

Hippo, Bull, and EcoCabs

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Wonderful combination of colors just outside of the Black Bull pub on Queen Street.  The Hippo Tourist Bus is a frequent sight downtown, and the EcoCabs are now more regularly seen. 

Skyscraper and Clouds

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Walking along Queens Quay yesterday, I looked up at the construction, and spotted some wonderful cloud formations above this building.  It was gorgeous down by the water, and a welcome antidote to the craziness of the day. 

The Pour

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Waiting for concrete to pour - you have to be patient.  You can speed it up by adding water, but then the mix is too runny.  If you don't have enough water, it won't pour, it'll roll out of the mixer.  These guys seem to have it pretty much right. 

Can Am Trike

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I spotted this interesting vehicle on Queen Street at Broadview.  It certainly looks cool - sort of a cross between a motorcycle and a small car - but I wonder what it's like to drive.

Zombie Wheelchair

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Okay - maybe it's not a zombie.  Maybe it's just got four flat tires, and has been chained to a bike post outside of the Urbane Cyclist for a week or so.  But maybe it's being kept there to guard the bike shop from marauding car drivers. 

Scotia Tower

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The Scotiabank Tower on King Street stands out from its neighbours, shining in the sun.  Hmmm - a metaphor for the strength of the Canadian banking sector maybe?  We had a lot of fun walking around downtown on Sunday for Doors Open, and I took this shot as we were about to head into Commerce Court, across the street.

Caddy on Queen

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While I was waiting for the streetcar, this beautiful car pulled up beside me at the light.  You know, as environmentally incorrect as these behemoths were, there's something that pulls me towards them when I see them.  The warm, sunny weather has arrived, and now we're starting to see more and more vintage cars coming out of winter storage.  I can't wait to get pictures of more of them.

Shoes Again

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More shoes abandoned outside of someone house.  This time, I'm pretty sure it's the people that live there that left them outside.  They were gone the next day, too. 

Psycho Teddies

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At last, we have the answer to the question "What do you get if you turn teddy bears inside out?".

Wait -what do you mean, no one is asking that question?

Edgewater Hotel Sign

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Inspired by the article here, I decided to get a shot of the hotel sign at the corner of Queen and Roncesvalles.  I love old signage.  I think it makes the city more interesting to have these signs.  And it's a shame that they're being removed, one by one, as they age. 

Still Waiting to Win

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I know the odds of winning the Lotto 649 - 1 in over 13 million.  But I still play when the prize gets big enough.  This sign reminds me that people have been playing this thing for a long time, and lots of them never, ever win.

Third Floor Walkup

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I love the warm glow of the lights on these balconies.  I also love the look of the balconies themselves.  Something about the exterior staircase appeals to me - at least in the spring.  I don't know that I'd still feel the same about it in the winter

Tulip Lawn

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One of my neighbours seems to have missed the garden when planting these.  They've sprouted up all over his front lawn, and I have to say that the effect is wonderful. 

Smart City Smart Car

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It's such a smart idea for the city to have these small, efficient cars for staff to use to get around.  We live in a city with over two and a half million other people - it doesn't make sense for city staff to tool around in huge cars.  Yay city council.

Ex Bank

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It's not a bank any more - now it's home to a fashion designer.  But doesn't the architecture just scream permanence and stability?  The Canadian Bank of Commerce doesn't exist any more - it merged with the Imperial Bank of Canada to become the CIBC that we all know and love.

Garden Gate

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We found another old diner sign on Queen Street - this time out in the Beach area.  I have to remember to go back in the evening, and get a shot of it when it's lit up.

Beach Mural

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I loved this mural on the side of an IGA in The Beach at Queen and Lee.  It's a gorgeous example of the sort of thing that makes a city seem vital and alive.  I like seeing street art on the sides of buildings, rather than have them be just plain.  However, I hate seeing art like this defaced by someone tagging over top of it.

Graffiti Alley I

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There's an alleyway off of Queen Street where artists are welcome to paint, and I love capturing some of the results.

Graffiti on Renfrew

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Looks like a new tag has been added to the wall beside the parking lot at Renfrew and McCaul.  I wonder how many layers of paint are on these walls?

Best Seat In The House

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I used to have one of these stools.  The steps swung down from under the seat, and you had a mini-ladder for getting stuff off the top shelves in the kitchen.  This one looks like it's set up so that the owner can watch traffic flow by, up Broadview. 

Playground Equipment

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For some reason, this unused playground equipment feels lonely to me.  I remember school days, desperately wanting class to end, so that we could go out for recess and play on the stuff in my school.  I miss recess sometimes. 

Open Kitchen

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I just love this sign over an empty storefront on Queen Street.  I'm sure (unfortunately) that whoever rents it next won't be a restaurant, and they'll take down the sign.

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