2021 Metroscapes in Review

Another pandemic year has passed. This marked a year of knowing more about the virus, getting vaccinated, loosening restrictions with precautions in place, and tightening back up due to variants. As for exploring metroscapes, it was yet another year of doing less than I hoped, but still accomplishing a lot. It was my second fullContinue reading “2021 Metroscapes in Review”

Climbing to the Next Level

In 2014, I moved to Toronto, and I needed something to fill up my time on the weekend. I started taking walks. Lots of them, one or two every weekend. I even started tweeting about them and adding pictures. Then on February 15, 2015, this website was launched as a clunky Blogger site. It wasContinue reading “Climbing to the Next Level”

Guelph: An Island Under Change

Growing up in southwestern Ontario as a kid, and eventually as a teenager without a drivers licence, I didn’t get around a lot. Then that began to change as I applied to university, and started consider where I was going to live and study for 4+ years. I got three acceptance offers, and was weighingContinue reading “Guelph: An Island Under Change”

Rail Deck Park: Priorities and Principles

Following defeat of the a vision for a Rail Deck Park, we should not consider this the end of securing bigger and better parkland in downtown Toronto.

#metroscapes 2020 in review

2020 was garbage. Most annual reflections will have that message. It caused me stress in my professional and personal life, but looking back, I didn’t do too bad in terms of exploring the local metroscapes. This was my first full calendar year living in the Tri-Cities, and adjusting to the shift. It was my opportunityContinue reading “#metroscapes 2020 in review”

Crossing the Line

A detailed analysis of Toronto’s highways and railways, and their impact on walkability.

Hamilton: Intersection of Metroscapes and Rural Areas

Last week, I began expanding the Metroscapes website to a third city: Hamilton. I had long had my eye on exploring Hamilton, based on a few adventures out there with a friend that used to live there, and knowing there was unique urban fabric. Hamilton sits at the west tip of Lake Ontario, providing aContinue reading “Hamilton: Intersection of Metroscapes and Rural Areas”

Parks and Pandemics: The Need for Open Space Laid Bare

I started walking around Toronto over 6 years ago, well before I started this site. As I started covering more of the city, I had a vision for what a top-tier trail system could look like, using and connecting the city’s ravines, utility corridors, shoreline and other open spaces. And I was groundtruthing how manyContinue reading “Parks and Pandemics: The Need for Open Space Laid Bare”