A controversial Mount Dennis $250,000 art project is finished and was unveiled last night.
“Nyctophilia” is a collection of streetlamps with bulbs of different colours—and in the daytime at least, it’s not pretty. Mike Sullivan, our MP, was a bit indirect in his criticism, but his comment “wherearethetrees” sums up, I’m sure, the critics who think that this art is too urban in an already urban place.
But then look at this, a picture from the new proprietor of the Super Coffee shop in Mount Dennis
“A Community Forum on Neighbourhood Improvement Designations by the City is being held Wednesday April 9th from 6-9pm at Greenborough Community Church, 2000 Keele Street above Eglinton. Weston, Mount Dennis, Rustic, Keelesdale, Rockcliffe area residents all invited to learn what is is about and how to get involved.”
Weston and Mount Dennis were recently named Neighbourhood Improvement Areas—areas that were formerly known as “Priority Neighbourhoods”.
It’s the final week of skating in Pearen Park, the excellent, free, community-organized skating rink in Mount Dennis.
I’ve been taking an online class on documentary making, and I’ve been working on a show about the people behind the magic at the rink.
Keep in mind that it’s for an international audience‚ so I’ve conflated Etobicoke, Mount Dennis, and Weston. Though the distinctions matter, I hope you’ll overlook them to see how much I admire the local heroes Josie and Simon.
InsideToronto and the Learning Enrichment Foundation are launching a new website to reimagine the Kodak lands. They are asking for your submissions. InsideToronto has an interesting article on the possibilities.
“The former Kodak lands are at one end of the project and we’re big believers the entire community has to be involved in their redevelopment,” he said. “We love to play a role of catalyst for community discussions.”
Metrolinx has released the final designs for the noise walls that will cut through Weston.
Almost all of northern Weston, from St Phillips to Coulter, will have concrete walls. At Coulter, there will be a small art wall.
From King, where the tunnel emerges, to Lawrence, the east side will be mostly ‘film strip’. The west side of the tracks will be the uglier concrete, except at the John Street crossing, which will be transparent, and the Farmers’ Market, which will have art.
Around the GO train parking lot south of Lawrence, Metrolinx will be building art and film strip walls. These are the last nice walls for some distance.
Through south Weston and Mount Dennis, they will be building precast concrete walls—starting at Victoria and going all the way to Black Creek Drive, with only a brief glass reprieve at Eglinton.
Your humble correspondent cannot help but believe that GO gave the squeaky wheel grease. While Mount Dennis gets concrete, The Junction—which had been vociferously opposed to the walls—appears to get mostly glass and filmstrip.
Etobicoke York Community Council has asked the city to put the Mount Dennis Scotiabank on their heritage list. After the property had been threatened by the Eglinton LRT, The Mount Dennis Community Association lobbied to have it protected.
The bank, which hadn’t really rung my bell, is, in fact a little architectural gem.
Crowning the public open space at the northeast corner of Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue, the Bank of Nova Scotia is a significant example of a post-World War II bank branch designed by the influential Toronto architect Gordon S. Adamson. Expressive of the change in architecture and society following World War II…. the building’s Modernist features exemplify this new sensibility in the simple one-story L-shaped form, flat roof extended in a shallow plane, asymmetry and extensive use of stainless steel and glass. In contrast, traditional Classical elements are present in the Indiana limestone cladding and the three stone panels carved in relief with the elements from the bank’s seal: the Bluenose Schooner, a codfish and wheat with a plough. Selected in 1950 by the Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as one of fourteen branch banks in Canada representing social and architectural changes after World War II it continues to be a dignified and accessible community facility.
The Community Council decision must still be approved by City Council at its next meeting, in November.