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Hey Toronto! Take a walk on the wild side in the city's hidden ravines and parks - Toronto - CBC News
By Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC News Posted: May 21, 2017

An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto's Natural Parklands, a new book by photographer Robert Burley, you can discover some of the city's hidden gems — from sunken valleys, tree-lined ravines and unpopulated shorelines. ''''''The book itself is a collection of hundreds of photographs and tributes by some of Toronto's best-known writers, including George Elliott Clarke, Alissa York, Anne Michaels, Michael Mitchell and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

In describing the project, Burley quotes Robert Fulford: "The ravines are to Toronto what canals are to Venice, and hills are to San Francisco. They are the heart of the city's emotional geography."
ravines  hidden  Toronto  parks  wilderness  books  Rouge_Park 
may 2017 by jerryking
Mapping Where Torontonians Bike and Run
FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | Torontoist | BY DAVID HAINS

Developers map out the world's most popular spots for walking, jogging, and cycling—and reveal where in this city Torontonians like, and don't like, to get outside and get active.

....the maps show pieces of a larger story. The most popular trails might seem simply like fun places for a run or merely the result of individual choices, but they’re part of a larger context that governs how the city works—how the built and natural environment, a community’s land-use mix, housing affordability, community health options, and other factors affect the way we relate to and use different parts of the city.
mapping  Toronto  running  cycling  ravines  parks  neighbourhoods  community_health  public_policy  correlations  diabetes  health_outcomes  healthy_lifestyles  cardiovascular  land_uses  self-selection 
january 2017 by jerryking
The top 5 ravines in Toronto
osted by Derek Flack / SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
parks  Toronto  ravines 
november 2016 by jerryking
Leaside Bridge | UrbanToronto
Most direct would be up Pape and continuing under Minton Place
Leaside  Toronto  DRL  transit  bridges  parks  Don_River  ravines 
october 2016 by jerryking
Bringing Toronto’s Don River back from the dead - The Globe and Mail
ROY MACGREGOR
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley by Jennifer Bonnell.
parks  Don_River  revitalization  ravines  Toronto  books  restorations  environment 
august 2016 by jerryking
The Scarborough Bluffs are rarely seen — but there’s a plan to change that - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May 13, 2016

Conservation officials hope to change all that, making the Bluffs safer and easier to visit. They want to shore up dangerous bits, put in more trails and create habitat for wild animals and fish. A study is already under way, with a first set of options to be presented to the public next month.

It is an exciting project, a once-in-a-century chance to open up the whole of the Scarborough shore to a broader public. It is also a delicate one. Officials face the challenge of giving safe access to the Bluffs without destroying the wild quality that lend them their magic. Some people want them left alone altogether. Others want to see a continuous shoreline trail as you might have in an urban waterfront.
Toronto  Marcus_Gee  Scarborough  wilderness  parks  waterfronts  landmarks  landscapes  ravines  conservation  habitats 
may 2016 by jerryking
A superpark hides in Toronto’s Don Valley, waiting to be discovered - The Globe and Mail
ALEX BOZIKOVIC
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 15, 2016

historian Jennifer L. Bonnell wrote in her 2014 book Reclaiming the Don.

A few small moves would get it in motion. Proponents envision new bike lanes on Bayview Avenue that would make it less terrifying to go there on two wheels. An old rail trestle would become a pedestrian bridge. New bridges, stairs and paths would welcome people from Cabbagetown and from Regent Park, from Corktown and the emerging neighbourhoods in and around the Port Lands.

But in the longer term, the plan would mean combining two rail corridors, both controlled by Metrolinx, reconfiguring the DVP ramp to Bloor-Bayview and removing a city works yard that now sits in the middle of the valley. But governments are budgeting at least $1-billion for roads, water, parks and rail improvements in this zone, including the electrification of GO’s train lines and the Gardiner Expressway rebuild. The river is unruly, prone to powerful floods; a thoughtful, coherent landscape would mitigate the risks for infrastructure and serve the environment of the valley.
Toronto  history  parks  ravines  Don_River  Evergreen  DVP  regeneration  Brickworks  railways  design  sustainability  landscapes  floods  Cabbagetown  Regent_Park  Corktown  Port_Lands  books  neighbourhoods  small_moves  green  undervalued 
april 2016 by jerryking
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february 2016 by CraigCamp
Abused ravines are loose thread in urban fabric - The Globe and Mail
JOHN BARBER
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2002

"There is nothing quite like the ravines anywhere: no other city has so much nature woven through its urban fabric in that way," Robert Fulford wrote in a typical example.

"The ravines are to Toronto what canals are to Venice, hills are to San Francisco and the Thames River is to London. They are the heart of the city's emotional geography, and understanding Toronto requires an understanding of the ravines."

Any serious attempt to understand the ravines would probably include the fact that they are an environmental disaster, hopelessly degraded by generations of neglect, and getting steadily worse despite the green boosterism.

It might also notice that the ravines are not woven through the urban fabric in the least; rather, they are emphatically set apart from it, even suppressed by it. At least the hills in San Francisco make an impression; in Toronto, you can drive over a 100-foot bridge and never know it.

It's also possible that this bizarre dislocation -- two worlds, one right on top of the other, yet almost entirely separate -- might help explain why the ravines are still so abused: They have no constituency.
Toronto  ravines  City_Hall  urban  parks  John_Barber  hidden  iconic  overlay_networks  constituencies  wilderness 
november 2015 by jerryking
Pan Am Path knits an underworld within Toronto - The Globe and Mail
IAN MERRINGER
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 19, 2015
ravines  parks  Toronto 
september 2015 by jerryking
Toronto’s ravine system offers the perfect escape from urban life - The Globe and Mail
JOHN ALLEMANG
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 07, 2015

Books: Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests. (http://ravines.to)

Jason Ramsay-Brown is a lifelong Torontonian, and passionate student of Toronto's local history and natural heritage. He is a volunteer on the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team and the Beechwood Wetland Stewardship Team, as well as caretaker of a Monarch Waystation in Toronto's east end. In addition to the book Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests, Jason has photographed and written about Toronto's ravines for a variety of publications including NOW magazine and the Toronto Field Naturalists newsletter.
Toronto  books  ravines  parks  Don_River 
september 2015 by jerryking

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