THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD: Dogs seem to get all the at­ten­tion in this city, what with their beach­side of­fleash parks, cus­tom-de­signed dog­gie foun­tain at Ber­czy Park and so­cial me­dia ac­counts by the hun­dreds. Fi­nally, the fe­lines are get­ting a lit­tle scratch sent their way. A new cat-themed park will con­nect Welling­ton and King west of Spad­ina. It is de­signed by Claude Cormier, a land­scape ar­chi­tect from Mon­treal, and is meant to com­ple­ment that dog-themed redo of Ber­czy. The prom­e­nade will fea­ture 15 to 20 cat stat­ues and cel­e­brate all things fe­line.

THE BAD: The beloved 110-year-old carousel that is a fea­tured part of the Cen­tre­ville amuse­ment park on Cen­tre Is­land is re­port­edly be­ing sold for a whop­ping $3 mil­lion. With the Is­land be­ing closed to vis­i­tors for months, the cash-strapped op­er­a­tor ap­par­ently needs a se­ri­ous cash in­fu­sion. The carousel, fea­tur­ing 52 hard-carved an­i­mals, has en­ter­tained gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies in Toronto since it first ar­rived in 1966. The carousel is headed to Carmel, Calif., ac­cord­ing to re­ports, but vis­i­tors have un­til this Novem­ber to take a fi­nal ride.

THE BIZARRE: First, a run­away real es­tate mar­ket al­lowed Hamil­ton a mo­ment in the sun when some less-trav­elled sorts dubbed it Toronto’s own Brook­lyn. Now that the folks of Ham­mer-ville have clearly drunk from the wacky Kool-Aid, some­one with a Six com­plex has de­cided that the city one hour to the west needs a mas­sive il­lu­mi­nated sign that’s pretty much a car­bon copy of the one sit­ting in Nathan Phillips Square. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a very un-Brook­lyn ma­neou­vre, the sign envy is a sig­nal that the rush to Hamil­ton is so over.

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