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Last Build Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:44 +0000

 



PODCAST: Spacing Radio 010, City Stories Live

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:44 +0000

Spacing Radio partners with Pressgang Theatre to bring you an evening of live storytelling. Co-hosted by Glyn Bowerman and Graham Isador (Vice/Hard Times), and featuring stories from Shawn Hogan (comedian, JFL 42), Siva Vijenthira (Spacing‘s cycling columnist), Perry King (The Ethnic Aisle), and DM St. Bernard (two-time Governor General’s Award nominee). City Stories was recorded […]

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REID: Look to backyard housing too when talking laneway housing

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:39:39 +0000

Last week saw another of the regular surges of interest in laneway houses in Toronto. But we should also look to backyards without lanes, often in suburban lots, when thinking about this kind of housing. You don’t need a laneway to build a small house behind a house. One can see why laneway houses inspire […]

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WWW: Changing transportation to adapt to the technological age

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:00:08 +0000

How are ride sharing apps affecting public transit? While the effects ride share apps such as Uber on the taxi industry are evident, what have the impacts been on public transit systems and how will our transit networks evolve in response? The Onion’s tips for urban biking A satirical look at the challenges of biking […]

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Book Review: Brodsky and Utkin

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:00:32 +0000

Authors: Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015) Speaking to his wonderful book Imaginary Cities, author Darran Anderson once stated that, “The ideas that architects came up with are infinitely more insane than science-fiction writers or fantasy writers….a lot of visionary architecture in the past, they all had this idea of being extremely […]

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John Tory is serving up a platform for Doug Ford 2018

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:57 +0000

Say you’re Doug Ford. Say you’re tuning in to Episode 237 of the Scarborough Subway Extension Netflix mini-series. Say you’re listening, in your predatory way, to Mayor John Tory, the Scarborough councillors, and the Liberal shills in Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet as they collectively contort themselves into pretzels to justify what will become one of the […]

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THE ARTFUL CITY: An Interview with Sean Martindale

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:00:20 +0000

Interview by: Melanie Fasche Sean Martindale is a Canadian artist and designer currently based in Toronto. He holds a Master of Fine Art from OCAD University, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University, Vancouver. Sean’s playful works question and offer alternatives for existing public spaces, infrastructure and materials found in the urban […]

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EDITORIAL: It’s time to stop the Scarborough Subway

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:24 +0000

This is an editorial from the Spacing magazine team Make no mistake: the current Scarborough subway extension (SSE) plan has become this generation’s version of the 1970s Spadina Expressway battle — a fork-in-the-road moment, the consequences of which will define Toronto for generations. On June 3, 1971, then-premier Bill Davis cancelled a highway building mega-project […]

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Unpacking Kellie Leitch’s Phony Threat

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:09:13 +0000

By Alexandra Flynn Spacing   In an echo of President Donald Trump’s policy-by-twitter, MP Kellie Leitch has turned her attention to sanctuary cities. In a March 9, 2017 tweet, the Conservative leadership candidate wrote, “One law for all is a Canadian value. `Sanctuary cities’ will be ineligible for transit funding if I am PM.”   […]

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Unpacking Kellie Leitch’s phony threat to sanctuary cities

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:59 +0000

In an echo of President Donald Trump’s policy-by-Twitter, MP Kellie Leitch has turned her attention to sanctuary cities. In a March 9, 2017 tweet, the Conservative leadership candidate wrote, “One law for all is a Canadian value. “‘Sanctuary cities’ will be ineligible for transit funding if I am PM.” Sadly, Leitch’s position is doomed to […]

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WWW: Transit Transitions

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:00:36 +0000

Innovative on-demand bus service implemented in India The new service has faced legal and operational challenges but presents an interesting new alternative to traditional bus service in dense urban areas No cars for downtown Oslo The Norwegian capital plans to be the first city to phase out all cars from its city center by 2019. […]

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Book Review: POG – Pod Off-Grid

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:00:05 +0000

Author: Jason Pomeroy (ORO Editions, 2016) When people hear about the oceans rising due to climate change, their response is usually to shrug it off because it isn’t something that is immediately visible. But over time, our waterfronts are changing, and there has been a scramble recently to figure out how major cities will deal with […]

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Yonge Street Mall: The fun and failure of pedestrianizing Toronto’s iconic strip during the 1970s

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:00:03 +0000

On June 3, 1971, there was a party on downtown Yonge Street. Around 8pm, following the news that Ontario Premier Bill Davis had cancelled the Spadina Expressway, jubilant opponents of the project gathered to celebrate. Guitars and banners in hand, they gravitated to Yonge: always a meeting place, but particularly appropriate that night. Just a […]

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WWW: Stories of urban infrastructure

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:00:15 +0000

Learning from the mistakes of the High Line Planners rethink and reassess how the design of New York City’s High Line park could have better served the community it was constructed within and combat the inequality issues that plague the city. Stories of life in the sky Skyscraper dwellers share their stories about living in […]

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LORINC: Bombardier’s bribery problems in Europe hurt Toronto

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:28:23 +0000

To all the tornado chasers who spot the twisters whipping destructively across Toronto’s forlorn transit geography, add this storm system to your list of dark clouds. On the weekend, media reports from Sweden surfaced an untidy bit of news about a Russian employee of a Bombardier subsidiary. The man was arrested on allegations that he […]

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Sex on Yonge: Examining the decade when Yonge Street was the city’s sin strip

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:00:18 +0000

“I take a walk down Yonge Street, where good times are bought and sold.” When folk music great Ian Tyson penned those lines in 1970, he knew his audience would understand. The idea of Yonge Street as the place where the action was — a marketplace in thrills, cheap or otherwise — resonated with a […]

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