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Agents Gone Wild: Glengarry Glen Ross

Urmi Desai in Urban Issues

Last week, we scooped up rush tickets to see Glengarry Glen Ross, staged by the Soulpepper Theatre Company at the Yonge Centre.  It’s especially...

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OMB Decides - No Big Box in Leslieville

John Pasalis in Leslieville, Urban Issues

The Ontario Municipal Board has decided that big box stores anchored by a Wal-mart have no place in Leslieville.  The board said that...

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Toronto's Target 70: Why November 1st was Important

Jesse Fleming in Urban Issues.  

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The City Wants Your Old, Used and Broken.

Jesse Fleming in Urban Issues.

Furthering Toronto’s green initiative does not end at the array of garbage collection bins that have been distributed to residents throughout...

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Promises and Postures: Homes, Cities and the 2008 Federal Elections

Team Realosophy in Urban Issues

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The Urban Jungle: Community Gardens Grow on Toronto

Jesse Fleming in Urban Issues

One of the drawbacks I initially had towards living in a condominium was the lack of a garden to call my own.  Although my green thumb has yet...

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Toronto's 'Target 70': Multi-unit Buildings, It's Your Turn

Jesse Fleming in Urban Issues

As of July 1, 2008, residents of multi-unit buildings will be charged a fee for garbage collection.  In a previous post, I had explained the...

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Elia - A Neighbourhood Being Left Behind?

Jesse Fleming in Urban Issues

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The Growing Popularity of Eco-renovations

Jesse Fleming in Urban Issues

Renovation season gets underway each year as soon as spring’s tulips begin to peek out of gardens across the city.  In a previous post, I had...

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Violence and the City: Toronto the Helpless?

Urmi Desai in Urban Issues

It seems that a week in Toronto is no longer complete without that criminal act which appears to define the word ‘senseless’ as we understand it:...

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Is 'Torontoness' the Answer to the Canadian Identity Crisis?

Urmi Desai in Urban Issues

Over the weekend, Tom Kent's widely-read piece on Canadian citizenship, "Canada is much more than a hotel," appeared in the Globe and Mail.  Kent, a...

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Letting it All Hang Out: Ontario's Clothesline Ban Lifted....Finally

Jesse Fleming in Urban Issues

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Last One Out, Turn Off the Lights: Toronto's New Museum Station

Urmi in Urban Affairs

In the end, being in the new Museum subway station was like being in, well, a museum.  Or perhaps a coatroom in a museum.  Amidst harsh ceiling lights...

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Richard Florida and Toronto's Openness Paradox

Urmi in Urban Issues

Richard Florida, doyen of all things city, has a new book out – Who’s Your City?  While I have yet to read it, publicity materials and early reviews...

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Taking Neighbourly Troubles Online

Jesse in Urban Issues

Have you returned those hedge clippers yet?  If not, you could be on the internet - Rottenneighbor.com is a website that encourages people to air their...

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How to Get Your House in Order: Expert Panel Reports on Toronto's Financial Situation

Urmi in Urban Issues

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TTC - the Costlier Way? Opening Up Toronto's Transit Debate

Urmi in Urban Issues

Last month, Michael Fenn, CEO of the Metrolinx - the agency charged with overhauling the patchwork of GTA transit systems - had some interesting things...

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Toronto's 'Target 70': Update

Jesse in Urban Issues

In a previous post, I had written about Toronto’s roll-out and implementation of its new waste reduction initiative. Various sized blue bins and new solid...

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Suburban Treasures: Is the End of Richmond Hill's David Dunlap Observatory Near?

Urmi in Urban Issues

Ed. Note:  Thanks to a sharp reader for pointing out that the total area of the David Dunlap Observatory Lands is 190 acres, not 90 acres as...

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Toronto Neighbourhoods Increasingly Defined by Schools

Urmi in Urban Issues, Lifestyle

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Lifting the Clothesline Ban: Let it all Hang Out

Jesse in Urban Issues, Lifestyle

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Unstoppable Drive: More Canadians Relying on Cars Today

Urmi in Urban Issues, Lifestyle

Stats Can's recent release, Dependence on Cars in Urban Neighbourhoods, reveals that car culture is alive and well in Canada - understandable...

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Toronto's 'Target 70' - Part 2: Green Bin Roll-Out in Multi-Unit Dwellings

Jesse in Lifestyle, Urban Issues

I received this email from greenbin@toronto.ca in response to my inquiry about how the green bin program is to be implemented in multi-unit...

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Toronto's 'Target 70': Re-Vamping Waste Collection for Homes and Multi-Unit Buildings

Jesse in Lifestyle, Urban Issues

With 2008 underway, Toronto is only two years away from fulfilling its pledge to reduce its waste by 70%. Appropriately titled ‘Target70’, a...

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Measuring Cities: Calgary Most 'Magnetic', Toronto Second

Urmi in Urban Issues, Lifestyle

In case you missed it last month, the Conference Board of Canada issued yet another headline-tailored missive, this one heralding a new report...

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A Winter's Lament for the City

Urmi in Urban Issues

I am grateful for the holidays, however bittersweet, and that all too brief opportunity to catch-up with a bright, wandering tribe I call my friends and...

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Whither the Canadian Dream? Immigration, Homes and Toronto Neighbourhoods

Urmi in Toronto Real Estate News, Urban Issues, Lifestyle 

Some good news on the housing front for recent immigrants to Canada has me thinking about integration issues this...

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The Distillery District: Historical Toronto or EuroArt Disneyland?

Urmi in Toronto Neighbourhoods, Urban Issues

I particularly enjoyed reading Jesse's take on the history and future promise of the Distillery District this week, since I've been...

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Toronto Revisits Development Fees to Pay for City's Needs

Urmi in Toronto Real Estate News

Nice to know that my spidey-sense is more than a caffeine-induced health emergency.  At the start of this week, I was curious as to why...

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New Toronto Land Transfer Tax - Councillor Thompson and Councillor Minnan-Wong Weigh In

Rachel in Home Buying, Toronto Real Estate News

I am sharing the correspondence I received from Councillor Thompson and Councillor Minnan-Wong.  Prior to the vote held on Monday...

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Bejeweled Phantoms: Will Foreign Investors Accelerate Gentrification in Toronto?

Urmi in Urban Issues, Toronto Real Estate News

A Bay St. heavyweight's startling prediction for Toronto's real estate market will worry HomeBuyers looking to become a part of...

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Shrinking Your Environmental Footprint as a HomeOwner - Part 2: the Government Makes Housecalls

Jesse in Lifestyle

A few weeks ago, I basked in the delicious heat on what City News described as a “whopping 32C"on Thanksgiving Monday in Toronto. Sweltering heat created a...

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Toronto Land Transfer Tax Approved

Rachel in Urban Issues, Home Buying, Legal, Money

Councillor Thompson dropped a stack of over 1,000 sheets of paper at the start of the meeting and announced they represented ‘no’...

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Targeting (Some of) Toronto: Why David Miller’s “Fair Tax Plan” Falls Short

John and Urmi in Urban Issues, Toronto Real Estate News, Home Buying 

With a major tax vote just around the corner, Mayor David Miller hasn’t exactly convinced Toronto that...

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What's in a Name? The Neighbourhood of Elia

Jesse in Toronto Neighbourhoods, Urban Issues

Lately, I have been interested by Torontonians' reactions to certain neighbourhoods. Uttering 'Rosedale' or 'Malvern' sends the...

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Ontario Votes 2007: Housing, Schools and Transit Issues on the Agenda

In the News

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Toronto's September Real Estate Market up 4% over Last Year

John in Toronto Real Estate News

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The Village at York: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Jesse in Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhood Explorer

York University’s Keele campus is a daunting collection of all that is academia.  Student housing complexes tower over low-rise,...

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Guildwood: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Jesse in Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhood Explorer

Few neighbourhoods hold my fascination as Guildwood does (see Realosophy's Guildwood neighbourhood profile for local school and...

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Condo Update - Corktown District - Final Phase Release Date

John in Condos

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Autumn Market Going Strong in Toronto

John in Toronto Real Estate News

Here are the latest housing stats, in the words of the Toronto Real Estate Board:

September 20, 2007 -- With 3,236 sales so far this month,...

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Is the Real Estate Industry Coming to Terms? The Fake or Phantom Multiple Offer in Toronto

Urmi in HomeBuying, Money, Toronto Real Estate News, In the News

No wonder consumers are confused when it comes to HomeBuying – apparently, they are not the only ones.  Departing...

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Media Roundup - September 14th, 2007

In The News

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Dreaming the Big Dreams in Toronto: New Urbanism, Smart Growth and High-Density Development

Urmi in Neighbourhoods, Lifestyle, Condos, In the News

Urban planning enthralls me, like so many others, because it holds out that tantalizing promise of agency, that assertion...

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Prepare for the Inevitable – Your New Home or Condo Purchase and the Supplemental Property Tax Bill

Rachel in Condos, HomeBuying, Money

When you purchase a new home or condominium, on your statement of adjustments, there will be a section that references realty taxes (also known...

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Shrinking Your Environmental Footprint as a Home Owner: Baby Steps For An Eco-Home

Jesse in Lifestyle

My head was spinning after hearing the latest eco-friendly, organically inspired gadgets debuted on the morning news. Geared towards HomeOwners who are trying...

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Real Estate Sales In Toronto - August 2007 is 5th Consecutive Record-Setting Month

John in Toronto Real Estate News

Here are the latest housing stats, in the words of the Toronto Real Estate Board:

August 2007 became the fifth record-setting month in a row,...

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Media Roundup - September 7, 2007

In the News

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Forest Hill: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Jesse in Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhood Explorer

Growing up in a suburb east of Toronto, I was unaware of the weight some neighbourhoods carried when their names were uttered. “You...

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Is Toronto the Most Successful Multicultural City in the World?

Urmi in In the News, Neighbourhoods, Lifestyle

Humans, it seems, can never get enough of parlour games—Monopoly, Scrabble, Name the Most Successful Multicultural City in the...

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Media Roundup - August 25th, 2007

In the News

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Rezen Condo

John in Condos

Rezen is a new condominium project currently under construction at the corner of Frederick and Adelaide, just west of Sherbourne. This condo is a short walk from...

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Glen Park: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Jesse in Neighbourhood Explorer, Neighbourhoods

Almost at the foot of the Allen Road Expressway lies a quiet collection of houses just south of Lawrence - the neighbourhood of...

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South Annex: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Urmi in Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhood Explorer

Ed. Note.  Kicking off a day of free celebrations at Bathurst and Bloor this past Sunday, Mayor David Miller officially declared...

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Media Roundup - August 10th, 2007

In the News

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Toronto's Boutique Condo Update

John in Condos

Rumor has it that Boutique Condos will be adding an additional 16 floors on top of its Phase 2 condo at the corners of Nelson and Simcoe in Toronto's ...

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Tam O'Shanter-Sullivan: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Jesse in Neighbourhood Explorer, Neighbourhoods

Although I frequently visit Tam O'Shanter-Sullivan , I have never taken the time to really explore the area (see Realosophy's...

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Woburn: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Jesse in Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhood Explorer

Ed. Note.  Neighbourhood Explorer is a regular feature in which our intrepid adventurer presents an up close-and-personal tour of a...

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The Land Transfer Tax: the Toronto We Want?

Urmi in HomeBuying, In the News, Toronto Real Estate News

Thanks to council's decision not to decide, heated discussions about David Miller, Millerites (the crew not the brew) and...

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Media Roundup - July 27th, 2007

In the News

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Media Rankings: Best Cities and Toronto Neighbourhoods

Urmi in Neighbourhoods, HomeBuying, Lifestyle

Being a bit of a news wire junkie, provocative headlines tend to catch my eye: “Ottawa ranked best place to live in Canada.”  Before...

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The Dual

Jesse in HomeBuying, Lifestyle

A glossy brochure peeked out at me from underneath the stack of mail that I had tossed on the counter, partially hoping it would read and sort...

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Media Roundup - July 20th, 2007

In the News

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North Toronto: Toronto Neighbourhood Explorer

Jesse in Neighbourhood Explorer, Neighbourhoods

Ed. Note.  Neighbourhood Explorer is a regular feature in which our intrepid adventurer presents an up close-and-personal tour...

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Deciding What You Want in a Home—as a Couple

John in HomeBuying

Many HomeBuyers have a difficult time deciding on the type of home and neighbourhood they want to live in.  Couples often have an even harder time because both...

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Realosophy Launch

Welcome to realosophy.com!  We hope that you are as excited as we are about our new Toronto HomeBuyer’s website.

We are a group of young consumers and professionals who once...

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