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Archive for category: Leslieville

The Free City of Leslieville


The West Queen West Queen West “Leslieville” Cheese Shop self-shitcans


The kind of coffeeshop that serves pour-over coffee is – wait for it – the kind that refuses to stock white sugar

Varnished wooden stairs inside solid, curved, bright-blue walls

TTC is holding a “competition” to landscape the surrounds of the giant new streetcar house on the fringes of Leslieville. And here’s my submission. (Spoiler: There’s only one winner and the panel has to have the guts to say so)


Why were the cops following me to my photo shoot? (Were they?)


Concrete Toronto.

Brutalist concrete structure with red accents is labelled Greenwood School in (also red) Helvetica

Beautiful, isn’t it?


Actually just the replacement McDonald’s at the Gerrard Scare.

Building under construction shrouded in billowy white panels
Brightly-coloured shop vitrine, seen from behind, has orange women’s suit, garlands, hanging ornaments, and Damzel’s written on the glass

So fantastically dull I didn’t bother going in.

Woman walks by Maple Cottage, decorated with balloons and a few small signs

Apparently Lisa Rochon was there. She parked her Smart right on the sidewalk. (The architecture critictrix for the Globe, Rochon was given dispensation to sit in Maple Cottage and write a book two winters ago. She’s regularly recognized and fawned over down in the Beaches. Of all the columnists in all the daily papers, Lisa Rochon most epitomizes the outdated expression “she’s not all that.”)

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