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Osteria dei Ganzi set to open on Jarvis next month

Italian restaurant names come and go in waves. In the ’90s, everything was a “trattoria” or a “ristorante.” Now, a new Italian spot is more likely to be an “enoteca” (a wine place) or an “osteria” (a casual restaurant), the most recent of which is Osteria dei Ganzi, set to open to the public in early February on Jarvis Street.

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Concrete keeps falling off the Gardiner Expressway

The scene at the Gardiner Expressway yesterday (Image: Christopher Drost)

Driving downtown in rush hour is already nerve-racking, and now drivers have the added bonus of worrying about concrete falling off the Gardiner Expressway. On Monday, a 46-centimetre chunk of the 60-year-old highway dropped onto Lower Jarvis Street, and just after rush hour on Thursday morning, a second concrete nugget landed directly in front of a vehicle at Parkside Drive. No one was injured and the roadway hasn’t yet attained Montreal levels of decrepitude, but it’s still kind of scary—especially considering this is an ongoing problem. Still, John Bryson, manager of structures and expressways for the city, told the National Post the structure is sound and he’d “drive under the Gardiner in a convertible with the roof down.” Meanwhile, condo developers breathe a sigh of relief since the debris falling from the heavens has nothing to do with them for a change. [National Post]

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The battle over the Jarvis Street bike lanes begins again

(Image: Half my Dad's age)

Now that it’s clear—abundantly so—that Rob Ford can be beat, the Toronto Cyclists Union has decided to revive last summer’s fight to save the Jarvis Street bike lanes. The group is brandishing a letter from a law firm that says the bike lanes can’t be painted over and the centre vehicle lane put back in without an environmental assessment. Though the delaying tactics may work in the short term, it seems unlikely that the union would find the necessary council support to save the cycling path—even a fiscal conservative like Karen Stintz, who may have been swayed by the exorbitant cost of removal, has been unwavering in her view that the Jarvis lanes are unnecessary (and a danger to families). Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »

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Where to Buy Now: St. Lawrence, because everything an urbanite needs is within a five-minute walk

Where to Buy Now | St. Lawrence

Established in 1803, St. Lawrence isn’t exactly a scrappy young upstart. But what it’s done exceptionally well on the urban-planning front, particularly since the ’80s and ’90s, is supply condo stock—spacious units made for empty nesters (80 George Street, Old Yorke Place) and young professionals (buildings on the Esplanade). Today, new towers are going up, including the Berczy and Backstage on the Esplanade, and realtors are pushing the neighbourhood’s boundaries as far north as Richmond and Queen, where the Post House and Vu condos are up and running. It makes for one of the city’s best car-ditching zones—here is a walking tour to prove it.

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The Jarvis bike lane brouhaha was such fractious fun last summer that city hall is bringing it back

The Jarvis Street bike lanes' days may be numbered (Image: Bitpicture)

Last year’s mayoral election was chock full of wacky issues—the 48-hour scandal over whether Rob Ford likes immigrants or not; the obsession with the poll that didn’t exist; anything Sarah Thomson said about subways—but the wackiest of the bunch had to be the nasty, protracted fight over the Jarvis bike lane. Well, it looks like the bitter battle is coming back again this summer. Although Ford’s new cycling plan is focused more on creating curb-separated bike lanes in the downtown core and less on trashing the paint-on-asphalt lines on Jarvis Street, critics are still worried that the painted lanes are destined for the chopping block.

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The numbers are in: Jarvis bike lane adds one to four minutes of travel time, increases bike traffic by 30 per cent

Rocco Rossi during his “countdown to congestion” on Jarvis Street last summer (Image: Rocco Rossi)

Anyone who was awake during the spring and summer months leading up to the 2010 mayoral election in Toronto may remember the controversy over bike lanes in general and the Jarvis bike lane in particular. Exhibit A in the case “People vs. War on the Car,” the Jarvis bike lane was decried by mayoral candidates, most prominently Rocco Rossi. Yesterday evening the city released a report with actual data on the impact of the bike lane.

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