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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Re-imagining the parking garage

Public parking in Toronto, as in most cities, has always been a very utilitarian, boring affair. Most of the ugly open ground-level parking lots have disappeared in the last couple of decades, and parking today is either underground, as at City Hall and many other downtown buildings, or in above-ground structures, like the one next to the Eaton Centre. Whether above or below-ground, they all have one thing in common: they are dreary, even dangerous places, certainly not places where  anyone would want to spend a minute more than necessary. The best that one can say about the typical city parking garage is that it doesn’t interfere too much with ... Read More »

Continuing improvement in new home sales: BILD

There is positive news from the new home sector of Toronto’s real estate market today as the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) released its latest sales numbers. Sales of new homes and condominiums in the GTA are improving, with February sales extending to seven months the run of year-over-year increases. RealNet Canada, the official source for BILD’s statistics, reported that sales for the first two months of the year were up 28 per cent over the same period last year. In all, 2,117 new low-rise homes had been sold at the end of February. A year ago, that number was 1,650. In the high-rise segment, 2,230 new condos ... Read More »

Lamb-like start to March real estate market in Toronto

The year 2014 continues to unfold as almost a mirror image of 2013 as home sales in Toronto for the first half of March are “virtually unchanged” from the same time last year. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) reports 3,459 transactions through its MLS system so far this month; last year at this time there had been 3,464. Sales in January and February were also nearly identical to the previous year’s sales in the same months. Two familiar themes appear once more in the TREB report: bad weather and low inventory in the detached, semi-detached and townhouse categories. “An abundance of willing buyers,” according to TREB president Dianne Usher, ... Read More »

The latest urban travel trend is . . . the halfbike!

You may have heard that sitting down for too long is bad for your health—sitting is the new smoking, it’s been said. One anti-sitting trend that’s come along in the past few years is the walking desk. This is the arrangement whereby you stand on a slow-moving treadmill in front of your workstation or desk and work from there. Now, it seems, even activities we used to think were good exercise, activities like cycling, aren’t that good after all. We could do better. A company in Europe has found a new way to get people off their rear ends even when cycling. Behold, the standing bicycle! The compact halfbike, as ... Read More »

What to do about air pollution when it’s inside your home

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to open the windows and give our homes a good airing. All that stale, dry winter air can lead to all kinds of problems, especially for allergy sufferers. There is more to the problem than just dryness, however. Indoor air can become quite polluted, with everything from lead in the dust to formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to animal dander and mold, even if you don’t have a pet. Experts always say that children the elderly, and people with asthma are the most sensitive to indoor air pollution, but anyone can be affected. Tips for battling indoor pollution and staying comfortable ... Read More »

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