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”
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.
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”
A detailed analysis of Toronto’s highways and railways, and their impact on walkability.
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”
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”
Disclaimer: This piece is a data analysis and open discussion regarding Lake Ontario levels. The conclusions are not definitive and are editorial in nature. The matters before the Supreme Court of the State of New York are unproven and may be tested in court through rigorous argument, expert testimony, and applicable law. In 2017, LakeContinue reading “State of NY v. IJC and the Force of Mother Nature”
It’s been half a year since I picked up from Toronto, the big city, and moved to the more affordable pastures of Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge (“the Tri-Cities”). I’ve covered less than a tenth of what I walked in the T dot, but it’s given me enough time and distance to reflect on how these two regions differ,Continue reading “More Reflection on a Westerly Shift”
2019 marked a milestone in exploring local metroscapes. 2018 was the first full year under the new brand, and when my walk planning was starting to get really organized. So this past year was about covering as much ground as I could; I was in the groove, but I had the inkling that this mayContinue reading “#metroscapes 2019 in review”
About a year ago, I reviewed a draft version of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Trail Strategy for the Greater Toronto Region (Trail Strategy). I focused on the parts of it within the City of Toronto, and suggested: Four significant corridor changes; Three alternative connections; Five map corrections; and, Three remaining gaps. TheContinue reading “Public Review Update: Toronto’s Regional Trail Strategy”