2017-07-17 Mon

Selling Points

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I am puzzled about bookshops that have racks of “Fifty-Cent Books” outside their doors.

ABC Books on Yonge Street, just south of Bloor, has, indoors, an excellent selection of Books of all types, also a collection of DVDs from which I augment my set of movie titles every two months or so.

I believe that they lose some of the books in the trays. The Cash Register is towards the rear of the store, and nothing is easier (I do not speak from experience) than to idly riffle through the books out front and then walk off with one. Or Two.

So the Store Management must treat these books in the bins as Giveaways, or close to it.

Therefore, why not change the signs to read “$3,000 to $10,000 as marked”?

They won’t lose any more books than they do now. Well, I suppose they might. The odd person might think that a paper-back Daniel Steele was worth three thousand dollars. A very odd person, that is.

It would get rid of Excess Stock. Or management could consider it as Sampling the Market.

More to the point, it should cause Serious Buyers to wonder just what is on sale at regular prices inside the shop, if these cheap and tatty bins hold close to a million dollars-worth of books.

Construction Cranes

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I was hanging around the corner of Bathurst and Niagara Sunday afternoon and thought to take a shot of the traditional Four Cranes.

There is nothing special about seeing four cranes in Toronto. There is not a spot in Downtown Toronto where you can’t be in sight of at least four cranes.

In this case I am able to catch four cranes through the Camera Lens. I don’t have to turn my head to find a fourth. Or a fifth.

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So I wiggled my position a bit and managed to fit five tower cranes into the lens.

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So I wiggled my position a bit more and managed to fit six tower cranes into the lens.

Then my friends rolled up and I had to go to supper.

Ward 27

I dropped a letter off at City Hall. The letter was addressed to our councilor, Councilor Kristyn WongTam:-

Dear Councilor,

I am distressed at the state of Toronto, and Ward 27 in particular. Toronto brags about being a “World-Class City”, and Ward 27 has a reputation as the Construction Ward of Toronto, but the sad truth is that the City Of Toronto, and Ward 27 in particular, has the appearance of a garbage dump.

I tender as an example, photographs taken by me during a short walk from Ryerson University on Gerrard West to Grenville, just east of Bay.

I took the photographs on the morning of Tuesday 4th July 2017, and I note that this morning, two weeks later, little has changed except that a bus shelter has been erected and spawned an extra cone.

Ward27 has become a dumping ground for construction garbage. There is no other term for it. Some of this material has been lying here for a year or more. Some has been here only a month or so, but unless something is done, it will be here a year from now, I promise.

If Toronto is truly a world-class city, if Ward27 is a gleaming new area of profitable development, is it asking too much to have a city truck patrol the ward once per week, scooping up all derelict debris?

Do with it what you will. Auction it off to the highest bidder and increase the city’s revenue. Assign it to the city’s inventory and reduce expenses. Hire a few young folks who are willing to earn a few extra dollars tossing orange cones into the back of a truck.

Do this and I’ll treat the entire crew to lunch on their first day at work.

I promise.

Sincerely

Chris Greaves

Tuesday 4th July 2017



Looking east along Gerrard East from the intersection of Victoria and Gerrard. This cone, and others like it, are the detritus from the reconstruction of Gerrard East in the summer of 2016.



Here is the entrance to the northern end of Victoria at Gerrard east.



From the same spot, but looking westwards along Gerrard east towards Yonge.



From the same spot, but looking north, across Gerrard east facing the new chic hotel and the old Women’s Christian Temperance union buildings.



From Gerrard West I have turned to walk North, up the east side of Bay.

This construction fence blocks a goodly part of the sidewalk, and is part of the three-year project to re-sod the small College Park



Continuing North, up the east side of Bay, these cones mark the spot where we used to have trees. This stretch of sidewalk was taken over by the trucks entering and leaving College Park last year.



This cone marks the spot where we will have one of the new bus shelters, with the gap in the roof that lets the rain blow in and wet the little bench inside.



Continuing North, up the east side of Bay, north of College. Here we have an kiddy-size orange cone that is protecting two steel and concrete bollards that are protecting the Toronto Police headquarters.



Turning east on to Grenville. These two orange diamonds have been lying here face down for a year. I live right across the street and walk this area several times each day. I cannot recall seeing these signs in use for the past twelve months.

The trailer of fencing was parked here at least one week before this year’s Pride Parade. To the best of my knowledge it was not used during the Pride Parade.

The trailer occupies the best part of two parking spots, critical for people visiting Women’s College Hospital.

You might think that with the Pride Parade over for another year, the trailer would be returned to some compound, but No! It is still there this Tuesday morning, and will probably stay there for another year.



That’s the Pride Parade trailer in the background, with its own orange cone for those who cannot see a trailer full of steel railings.

In the foreground is an Orange cone marking a spot where a presumably subsided manhole cover has been repaired.

Why do we need an orange cone to tell us that there is now no danger here?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017



Last week, or early this week, we got a new leaky bus shelter for the #6 Bay northbound stop at Bay and College. Now that the isolated platform has a taller-than-human shelter, we are awarded an extra piece of street garbage!

As they say in North America “Go figure!”. I certainly am incapable of working it out.