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The Free City of Leslieville


In which Toronto Star columnist Joe Fiorito refers to me solely as his ‘source’


Not my cup of tea


They’re sandblasting the bridge over the DVP at Queen St. and I am gobsmacked at the science-fiction appearance.

Bridge has metal beams holding up a clock and words reading RIVER I STEP IN IS NOT THE RIVER I STAN, while mottled, boxy coverings line up like a wall on the far side

Behold the small megabin (not quite an oxymoron; perverse official name: EcoMupi) in front of the 7-Eleven. Is it really worse than the store’s own sign?

Four-foot-high billboard with garbage receptacle on the edge sits at curb, while movable 7-Eleven sign, held down by bricks, reads SPECIAL BIG BITE HOT DOG 2 FOR $2.99

Anyway, this thing was supposed to have been removed by August 5.


Free City of Leslieville update: We got inside a building!


Nope, it moved in two doors down.

Store window shows mannequins in dresses and camisoles and the words Any Direct Flight in script

This shop’s name is Any Direct Flight, viz. any direct flight from West Queen West Queen West to Leslieville. Expect this trend to continue. Also expect it not to alter Leslieville substantially, as scarcely any change to the mixed cityscape possibly could.

Dark cloud occludes a blue sky over a construction crane and three storeys of steel girders atop a brick building
Two-storey extension of building has the shape of a locomotive and is finished in bright-yellow Tyvek against a cloudy blue sky

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