Weekly roundup April 12-18

Articles/Columns

LA Mall Purchase Would Be the Biggest Victory Yet for Community-Driven Development Next City

Lack of paper roads hampers urban growth [in NZ] stuff.co.nz

L’accent Québécois de la famille royale La Presse

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Weekly roundup April 5-11

Articles/Columns

Commuting, and Confronting History, on a Remote Canadian Railway The New York Times

Dogs help us see the city in unique ways. Their absence is profound when they are gone Toronto Star

Why Latin America’s Bet on Local Government Is Ambitious – and Risky Americas Quarterly

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Weekly roundup March 29 - April 4

Articles/Columns

Is your butter not as soft as it used to be? The pandemic and our urge to bake is partly to blame – along with palm oil The Globe and Mail

Seating is Fundamental City Infrastructure: The Proof is in Paris Social Life Project

The Teenage Tinkerer Behind an E-Bike Revolution The New York Times

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Weekly roundup March 22-28

This week I read The Case of the Missing Men. A graphic novel mystery that was well done and fun to read.

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Food deserts and oasis Charles Gauvin - Urban Data Science

Toronto needs to make some political noise to make sure Quiet Streets doesn’t hit a dead end Toronto Star

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Weekly roundup March 15-21

Yesterday, I finished reading The Mirage Factory and it was a great trip through three parts of the early 1900s development of Los Angeles. It takes you through the triumphs of William Mulholland securing water for the city, the upward trajectory of the movie industry and the rise of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson (Canadian connection alert!!). Of course, none of these three continue their success forever. The stories together make for a nice peek at the development of LA from a middle of nowhere to a city on the path to greatness. It was a nice reminder of all the areas I still need to visit next time I get out to LA.

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Only Your Boss Can Cure Your Burnout The Atlantic

If You Look at Your Phone While Walking, You’re an Agent of Chaos The New York Times

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Weekly roundup March 8-14

Articles/Columns

McKinsey’s partners suffer from collective self-delusion The Economist

To make Toronto safe from another van attack isn’t hard. The solution has been found on our streets for years Toronto Star

Ten years ago, the world took away the wrong lesson from the tragedy of Fukushima The Globe and Mail

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Weekly roundup March 1-7

Articles/Columns

Companies Should Examine Their Troubled Pasts – Before Courts Do It for Them Americas Quarterly

Sportsnet’s Blue Jays radio call is short-sighted — and hopefully short-lived Toronto Star

Paper trail in Beirut explosion winds back to London address used by shell companies The Globe and Mail

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@NonsenseIsland made a great thread about classical music in cartoons and this was one of my favourite ones.