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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 Of all the columnists in all the daily papers, Lisa Rochon most epitomizes the outdated expression “she’s not all that.”)


Latest meeting on rezoning of the 19-acre lands at 629 Eastern Ave., Leslieville




Notes from a public meeting on the Foundy District redevelopment (now all big-box all the time), 2007.05.17


At the new coffee joint – now the third in Leslieville to dispute my order in one way or another. First Mercury. Next the climate-uncontrolled Dark Horse, where the strapping barista marvelled to guys at the bar that I want an espresso long. (“Yes, he does want it long,” I said sternly. The customer is always right.) Here, I was told that crema on an espresso is actually an “impurity.” Well, so is gravy, but that doesn’t stop carnivores, does it?

Potted tulips sit behind a picture window looking out on a Prowler and a streetcar yard

Their coffee doesn’t yield crema. Something else it doesn’t yield is a customer.

You realize that not only am I not mocked at the Lesliebucks, the manageress sits down and has a chat with me most times?


Rolls Phantom outside Irish pub from a kit, rue Bathurst St., Seaton Village:

Bentley Mulsanne outside Soviet-prison-like social-housing complex (with underground entrance), ave. Eastern Ave., Leslieville:


Leslieville in a nutshell.

Trailer labelled BIG BEN’S JUNK REMOVAL sits parked at curbside in front of a BMW 3-series sedan
Sign reading DIET PEPSI and, in worn-out letters, JOE’S CONFECTIONERY, with red and blue wavy stripes
Sign with the word PEPSI between red and blue quarter-circle waves above and below, and JOE’S CONFECTIONERY on a yellow background
Script and handlettered type on silvery store-window vestibule reads 724½ NEW Doyle’s DISCOUNT CIGAR STORE

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