Bloor and Lansdowne is Blansdowne.
December 21, 2009 9:23 PM   Subscribe

Bloor and Lansdowne is Blansdowne.
This is a small (ongoing) photo project on the area I live in, the neighbourhood centred around the intersection of Bloor and Lansdowne in Toronto.

This site is powered by a webapp I wrote to run IMG VQVZ, which is basically my Flickr photos presented all gigantic. It's written using Sinatra, a Ruby web framework. There is a more rambling blog post where I talk abut making that site on my blog. I built the web app to run this site. The goal was to make a more focused photoblog, while leaving all the photo-management junk up to Flickr. This is all heavily inspired by I Hardly Know Her, which I quite like.

You can browse through the photos on this site using the 'j' and 'k' keys on your keyboard. 'j' will advance to the next photo (and if needed the next page) and 'k' will move to the previous photo (and if needed the previous page). This is similar to what you might have seen in use on the Boston Globe's The Big Picture site, or in Gmail while browsing through your emails.
posted by chunking express (8 comments total)

was Bloonsdowne taken?
posted by parmanparman at 11:30 PM on December 21, 2009

The neighbourhood is actually called Bloordale. I think that name sounds ridiculous, so I started calling the area Blansdowne.
posted by chunking express at 10:45 AM on December 22, 2009

Nice work.
posted by mattbucher at 1:45 PM on December 22, 2009

Friend of mine lives around there, so I know the area pretty well. I'm pretty sure I've seen that condom before. Nice work.
posted by greatgefilte at 7:37 PM on December 24, 2009

Very interesting representation and eye for capturing the atmosphere. I make it up to Toronto on a regular basis so when I read the snippet of the post I was thinking... "Wait... I *know* that place." Looking forward to following your project.
posted by glamtron at 3:52 AM on December 29, 2009

Thanks for the feedback.

The site should be slightly faster, since it works using fewer Flickr API calls. Sadly, it's hosted at Dreamhost, which sometimes spins down the server running it causing the initial load to be slow.
posted by chunking express at 8:55 AM on January 6, 2010

Looks great.
I'm just down the road from you, between Blathurst and Blristie.
posted by chococat at 3:06 PM on January 6, 2010

Great site, I'm just down the street at Dovercourt
posted by geekigirl at 12:53 PM on January 19, 2010

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