2016-02-06 Sat

The Crane Game

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Another day.

Always at least four cranes in view through just one pane of glass in one direction (north) from my window,

At the extreme right we see the crane on the new tower on the south-west corner of Bloor and Yonge.

At the extreme left we see the jib of the crane on the tower being renovated on the east side of Bay Street.

The crane outlined vertically is on the building site between Wellesley and Breadalbane streets.

He fourth crane is, I think, atop the construction site that blocks my straight-through alleyway to Bloor Street.

Grrrr!

OK; a day or two later, here are the four cranes in better detail:-

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This is the leftmost crane, peeking over the building from the east side of Bay street.

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This is the crane outlined in the vertical sense.

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This is the crane atop the construction site that blocks my straight-through alleyway to Bloor Street.

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And this is the crane on the SW corner of Bloor and Yonge.

Observations – College Park

College Park has been an eyesore since before I moved downtown about four years ago. I have previously documented in these pages the terrible state of what ought to be an spot easy to manage.

Because of the two construction sites at the eastern end of my street I have adopted the habit of walking west to Bay Street, crossing College Street, and then walking diagonally through College park to emerge on Gerrard Street each morning, on my errand to collect the newspaper.

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This morning I noted that the yellow fencing which has blocked off access to a section of the plaza for some two months now, with no apparent purpose, has been extended to foreshadow closure of the park.

We can walk to Sobeys and the upper level of College Park, and to the bike rack, but once past the bike rack access to the park is blocked.

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So what, I hear you ask, are those folks doing walking in the park this crisp morning?

Read on, Dear Reader, read on ...

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I entered the upper level of College Park, walked down the new temporary concrete stairs, along the lower level, and out through the doors to the park itself..

Here are more people on their daily commute to and from College Subway Station.

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And swinging my view to the right, there is the plaza we aren’t allowed to walk in/through.

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And here is the park in its customary sorry state. Hard clay, mud if you will.

My bet (recorded here) is that nothing will be done to improve the park, but that the yellow fencing will still be in place a year from now, and two years from now there will remain piles of orange cones, bollards, and construction debris from whatever they dreamed up to the fully functional plaza.