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2015/03-w3-4 Moments March 2015 weeks 3-4

Moments March 2015 weeks 3-4: Toronto, Ontario; Niagara Falls, NY; Allendale, NJ; New York City (Manhattan), NY
Toronto, Ontario; Niagara Falls, NY; Allendale, NJ; New York City (Manhattan), NY

Former Unilever site
Former Unilever site . East of Don Roadway, north of Lakeshore Boulevard East, south of the Adelaide Street onramp, there’s 29 acres to be redeveloped, up to 60 acres with city and other private properties, says “Jobs, transit and the future: How an empty lot at the foot of Toronto could transform it” | Elizabeth Church | March 14, 2015 | Globe & Mail at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/jobs-transit-and-the-future-how-an-empty-lot-at-the-foot-of-toronto-could-transform-it/article23461556/ (Toronto) 20150515
Systems Thinking Ontario March 2015
Systems Thinking Ontario March 2015. Session on Systems and Resilience Redux: Deciphering Panarchy (Some More) extended discussion from last month. Some attendees had not pre-read article, so interpreting figures without visual aids was like described video on television. Returning attendees thought that extra time spent on the same theme helped unwrap the mystery, and the month in between gave time for consideration. (Systems Thinking Ontario, OCAD U. Lambert Lounge) 20150318
SFI class fishbowl
SFI class fishbowl. Inner circle of discussants on systemic design methods, with outer circle of observers who can swap into inner. Smaller group enables richer interaction amongst active participants, questions build amongst students paying attention. (Strategic Foresight and Innovation program, OCAD U., Toronto) 20150319
Niagara Falls from Rainbow Bridge
Niagara Falls from Rainbow Bridge. On drive to NYC, stopped for hour walk through Niagara State Park. Oldest park on the U.S., quiet on a March Friday. First time to see falls on the American side, we have seen the more commercial Canadian side frequently. (Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, NY) 20150321
Celery Farm
Celery Farm. Nature preserve with pond mostly still frozen. Watched mallard duck couple getting fat on sunfish in surface ice, and just through a small hole. Snapping turtles may be driving fish to the top. (Celery Farm Natural Area, Allendale, NJ) 20150322
Times Square
Times Square. Sunday spring stroll down 7th Avenue, at temperature above freezing. Loose weekend before a Monday morning meeting. Benefits of a friend with a Manhattan apartment. (New York City) 20150322

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2014/08 Moments, August 2014

Moments, August 2014
New York City; Corning, NY; Toronto, Ontario.

NYC skyline north from 42nd Street
NYC skyline north from 42nd Street. Sunset soon over Manhattan, view from 20th floor apartment in Hells Kitchen. Surprisingly easy access into NYC on a lazy summer weekend. (New York City) 20140802
Innovation Stage, Corning Museum of Glass
Innovation Stage, Corning Museum of Glass. Expert glassblower working at high speed, with commentators on English and Mandarin. Corning Museum deserves more time than our visit today will allow. (Corning, NY) 20140804
Fountains at Massey College
Fountains at Massey College. Natural cooling on a warm August late afternoon at the U of Toronto, outside the Junior Common Room at Massey College. A quiet place to meet, if invited. (Toronto) 20140808
Free sample lineup
Free sample lineup. Mob in front of @Sabra foods truck @ToTheDanforth, but dips all gone late Sunday afternoon, just offering pita chips. Festival stretches east of Pape, bike is best way there. (Toronto, Sunday) 20140810
Table or bench?
Table or bench? In Little India, outdoor furniture by sidewalk provided by restaurant, either as low tables or high benches. Short stools underneath add to options. Early before dinner rush. (Toronto) 20140813
Gates to nowhere
Gates to nowhere. Short drive to precipitous drop down east bank of Don Valley, south of Mount Stephen St., east of Blackburn St. Nearby signs say Hydro One replacing equipment at Gerrard Transformer Station. Empty space close to downtown Toronto. 20140818
Trompe d'oeil mural
Trompe d’oeil mural. Not a back door into a garden on the west side of Bleeker Street south of Wellesley Street, but instead some brightness on the long brick wall of Fudger House. Paint is fading, could use a retouch. (Toronto) 20140822
Fountains at Edward Gardens
Fountains at Edward Gardens. Annual ritual repeated for the 29th time, renewing the promise again. Busy Sunday with wedding parties, our sons away on their own lives. (Don Mills) 20140824

Mural on O'Keefe Lane
Mural on O’Keefe Lane. Colourful bridge joining Ed Mirvish Theatre entrance on Yonge Street and former Pantages Theatre on Victoria Street. Dumpsters not so scenic, steps south of Yonge-Dundas Square. (Toronto) 20140828

Art on a clothesline
Art on a clothesline. Wind Warriors photographs with oversized clothespins beside children’s garden at Princess Park One of the Stories from the Esplanade, part of the Contact Festival (Toronto) 20140830

2008/08/13 Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Hell’s Kitchen is an intriguing name for a New York neighbourhood, worth an early morning walk in the summer.
West of the theatre district in New York City is Hell’s Kitchen, a district with such a menacing name.  I’ve never had a reason to go there, but since I was staying in a hotel right on the edge of the neighbourhood, it was worth an early morning walk.  I started at 49th Street, walking south on 9th Avenue.  It’s a wide street, with traffic one-way downtown (i.e. southbound).

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On the east side of the street, the security gates on some shops were still down in the early morning.  They don’t present the most attractive face for the city.

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Another block south to 48th Street, there were more shops with shutters down.

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The variety of storefronts on 9th Avenue means convenient shopping for residents nearby on the side streets.

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44th Street is a wide one-way street, looking east from 9th Avenue. Continue reading2008/08/13 Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

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