EVERYBODY CARES – Or do they? We cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who would lose the ones they truly love. So if there are souls in the city today sad at the lack of safe fire standards for the couple of seconds now deemed maximum for evacuation from buildings like 1001 Queen West and those on George Street (including #SeatonHouse) join as friends today and be visible along the Patient Built Wall at CAMH in Parkdale. This is another Residential School system meant to destroy people and serve the white coat. We believe in truth and reconciliation. Today we recognize treaty territories and the traditional lands of Mississauga nations. Megwiich.
BLOGham HAS decamped #DomesticAbuse from #Xerox Limited Release Mouse Money To Promote #MossPark. We are working to establish greater defibrillator açcess and awareness in Toronto as well as notices on Theater walls and before the show start. Speaking of the show must go on, some are wondering around here about #borough5 once Mistake and Indira are on the case bcuz if I can speak to my people in Punjabi – @JinderMahal hit the sheBabblel button at #Starbucks to broadcast. Basically I’m in the cocaine, heroin , methamphetamine, #MD ma biznoyt promoting big tittied men with THC CESARO SECTION or CBD athletic tape and straws for sex trade workers what what have aspirin in them is that even possible? very sicccwidit. anyone have a 2XL coat?
MOST OF THE TIME – I’m just trying to up my game in the generation time it takes to generate blank text that starts to look and meet and meat and greet one of my heroes of #Seminole Entertainment – #ODB of Food Truck Legends.
Kardashian Inc. Is there a potential need for an app to co-ord scale radius variables of cheat day w/ food truck opps / destinations.
@CNNi – It is clear that @JohnCena’s recent money promo on acceptance for our fellow Americans is @Trump proof that World Wrestling Entertainment is still more accepting than #hiphop sadly as there was no mention of the transgendered community in @Eminem’s @realDonaldTrump ‘dis track.
Shady, you plan & plot bcuz this is just my way of announcing to you that public transit folks are getting pushed around in Toronto every time the elite mention #manspreading or #pursespreading. How the fuck do they think disabled feel after reading that garbage?
QUEEN’S QUAY, HARBOURFRONT, TORONTO – Hey hey, ho ho, this full bladder is going to go! Well, at least not so much since the #DietSoda ban began as finally #SouthernOntarioAdventure isn’t restricted by stopping to take a pee break every thirty minutes.
Here are some travel thoughts regarding Toronto’s 25cent pay toilet:
- First off, it IS clean. Sure there was some TP on the floor and I still removed my pants like George Costanza from Seinfeld-fame. The toilet seat was clean, but the floor was not totally.
- Let me just say that I visited this traveler’s toilet at the end of #Caribana weekend in Toronto and if you’ve even been restroom shopping during a major outdoor event (1 million +), you know what kind of awful experience that is. This was pleasant! As soon as the #StarTrek like door whooshes closed, you have 20 minutes to do your business. I wouldn’t take that much time during a major event out of courtesy but there is a comfortable silence in there as soon as you get some privacy. So yes, from an event standpoint, this Johnny-On-The-Spot is what #AdventureTravel peeps, #VeganTravel fans & #ExtremeFitness practitioners can hope for more placement of rather than rental outhouses and sometimes testy business-owners.
- Last week I was needing to go and of course, there was an outhouse nearby on the street, and I thought, ‘oooh, it looks like the city is finally trying something new’, well, I opened the door and a used needle fell out so immediately that wasn’t the best welcome. It was some sort of downtown vortex because I think someone was LIVING in the outhouse as there was so much accumulated and hoarded boxes and clothing. So, thanks to the restaurant employee at Subway who gave me a pass to enter the restroom at his spot.
- The best part of this toilet is the entertainment. I mentioned #StarTrek right? Well, the voice of the old Star Trek: The Next Generation Holodeck guides you with instructions AS YOU GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. Plus, some electronic ambient music plays gently over the toilet speakers to quiet the room. Really!
- Everything is designed in here to receive a good cleaning by the automated sensors. When I broke with convention and asked a person who had just used the toilet several days before what the experience was like, she described in a way that sort of included a bit of hesitation and a weird look on her face. When I returned several days later for BlogHamilton.com, I completely understood. You get in here and immediately start thinking of every public toilet experience you’ve ever had, and why can’t they be great? Also, and * ahem * looking at you Tim Hortons – no single sheet dispensers of half-ply TP here. Only rolls. In 2017, I think a general North American-wide protest mob should be organized concerning those inadequate personal hygiene-involved decision-makers who consider those single sheets anything but THE ABSOLUTE WORST.
- With safe injection sites being constructed in Toronto, we can hope that there will be less public fixing and more public pooping with these pay toilets as they hopefully get the right funding in whatever city-department to get more of these across the city. Um, how about placing one @ the busy pedestrian and traveler landmark transit stop area(s) at Jane & Finch in The 6ix where there are always dozens of people going north, east, west and south by public transit and the nearest restaurant bathroom is almost a half-kilometre away!?!
- We need more of these in Southern Ontario. Or at least a better understanding by folks in the public sector that this kind of service – dignified public toilets for everybody – is crucial to building a real world class experience for tourists, travelers, workers, the homeless and just those those who need to go, while on the go.
SIDEWALK SOUNDOFF – We get political here sometimes at BlogHamilton. This time we’re taking local civic planners to task with the complete and utter lack of innovation when it comes to street furniture – and specifically – bicycle-based street furniture.
Locally, there’s a few installations worth noting. In Burlington, there’s several bicycle repair stations along the downtown trail network. Also, Hamilton has a solar-powered smartphone charging station in a park in the Barton Village while way out west in Edmonton, Alberta they are bringing similar smart chargers to park benches.
This summer, the Yaletown neighborhood in Vancouver, British Columbia is introducing free public outdoor WiFi in that city.
Basically at heart of the issue is that politicians responsible for public furniture procurement need to focus on building better, more usable cities. Take trends in cycling for instance. Fat-tire bikes and winter biking are becoming more popular in our urban centres, yet outside of one highly controversial climate-controlled 24-hour bike locker in downtown Toronto, planners are NOT making it easier for citizens to adopt a lifestyle that reduces stress on the environment.
Clearly the appetite for expanding what and how we define public space and activity is changing as technology, hearts, minds, climate… as well as family incomes, adapt for a dynamic economy.
So here’s the challenge. Someone out there design a better bicycle rack. Something that incorporates security, fitness tracking, competition and social media and is not simply just an afterthought, thrown haphazardly into public space design where the only differential is colour of paint.
Because locking your $5000 bike to a hunk of metal worth fifty dollars seems a little ridiculous.
GALT, ONTARIO – While there is considerable resistance in the community to change, the transformation of the Southworks industrial property heritage area into the Gaslight District will bring jobs, newcomers and the potential for big bucks to this part of Cambridge.
While some condominium development owners are taking a more frank approach against NIMBYism when it comes to needed densification, the smart money is on educating and winning over those opposed to the development as to the benefits the community will reap.
Simply put, this part of Ontario needs the G word. Gentrification. And while it’s not really local blight and urban decay to be gentrified, it’s a part of town that rarely sees any foot traffic. In a new world built on respect-for-transit and its’ role in shaping our community, local homeowners will eventually come on board when they find out their housing values have increased several-fold and the city is far better off for welcoming an influx of new residents.
If the planned Light Rapid Transit link to Kitchener-Waterloo ever sees the light of day in these parts, you can bet the community will change much more dramatically over the next few years.
As people become accustomed to new construction – residential and commercial – we can only hope those speaking out of concern for their community now will continue to be as engaged in the future. Heritage and opportunity voices need to be listened to in creating a welcome balance that will shape our collective future.
PHOTO: Riverfront Galt heritage vista with condominium playing support role.