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  • Spacing Toronto Contributors - Spacing Toronto
    Getram Chloe Ellingson Chris Bateman Chris Hardwicke Christopher DeWolf Cities for People Claire Nelischer Concrete Toronto Craig Cal Dale Duncan Daniel Rotsztain Daniel Viola Dave Meslin David Hulchanski David Pal Duncan Patterson Dylan Collie Dylan Reid Elaine Kelly Canning Emma Feltes Eric Mutrie Erica Yudelman Fred Sztabinski Gary Miedema Glyn Bowerman Grace Johnstone Graeme Bayliss Grant Davis Hannah Griffin Hassan Arif Hilary Best Ian Malczewski Idil Burale Jacqueline Whyte Appleby Jake Schabas Jake Tobin Garrett James Bow Jamie Bradburn Jason Paris Jay Pitter Jay Wall Jenn O Yim Jerry Waese Jessica Duffin Wolfe Jessica Hume Jessica Lemieux John Lorinc Jonathan Goldsbie Jonathan Zettel Joseph Clement Josh Hume Josh Sherman Julie Baldassi Julie Fish Julie Matlin Julie Yamin Kaitlyn Kochany Kat Eschner Katerina Ryabets Katia Snukal Kayla Apostolides Kayla Jane Barrie Keith Stewart Ken Greenberg Kevin Kennedy Kimberley Noble Kit Dobson Kristen Gagnon Lana Hall Laura Boudreau Laura Hatcher Laura McConnell Lauren Archer Laurie Townshend Leah Jensen Leah Sandals Liam Lahey Lindsay Gibb Liz Clayton Luca De Franco MacKenzie Blake Mairin Piccinin Marco Avolio Marcus Bowman Mathew Borrett Matthew Blackett Matthew Forsythe Matthew Hague Max Ritts Mayor Bert Xanadu Megan Hall Melissa Iwankewycz Michelle Kasprzak Mike Bulko Monika Warzecha My City Lives Nadia Halim Nathaniel Basen Nicola Nemy Nicole Bruun Meyer Nicole McIsaac Nigel Terpstra Niki Siabanis Nina Lassam Noah van der Laan Nxt City Prize Pamela Robinson Patricia Simoes Prajakta Dhopade Robert Moffatt Robert Ruggiero Robin Chubb Ryan Bolton Sarah Magwood Sarah Stinchcombe Sean Lerner Sean Marshall Shaun Merritt Shawn Micallef Sheraz Khan Shoshanna Saxe Sonia Ramundi Spacing Spacing Stephen Brophy Steve Munro Tammy Thorne Thomas Wicks Todd Harrison Todd Harrison Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank Travis Myers Spacing is always looking for new ideas and welcomes queries and pitches from writers for both our magazine and website Search

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  • How the Eaton Centre nearly wrecked Old City Hall - Spacing Toronto
    Soctia Plaza Eaton s also planned to build a new store at the corner of Queen and Yonge in the concrete box style of Yorkdale Shopping Centre The whole thing was projected to cost 260 million 1 8 billion in today s money 8 million of that was set aside for the purchase of Old City Hall An composite image showing the original Eaton Centre proposal superimposed around Old City Hall Generally speaking the plan to sweep away a large portion of downtown was met with approval The Star declared the Eaton plan would rebuild downtown Toronto mayor Philip Givens predicted it would exceed Rockerfeller Centre in New York in size and scope Project architect Douglas C Haldenby said the plan would bring back the vitality and élan of the city Without this the downtown becomes only a place to work dark at night a half city Haldenby said Eaton Centre will create the full life for Torontonians and bring to the city a physical image that in a few years will be known throughout the world Toronto modernist architect Harry Kohl who according to the Star once likened the idea of keeping Old City Hall to preserving a baby s diaper was insistent the old building make way It isn t great enough to justify its existence it s a monstrosity of wasted space he said On the other hand noted architect preservationist and author Eric Arthur thought keeping just the Old City Hall clock tower was an insult I regret very much the loss of the old building he said I regret even more keeping the tower It is the last indignity to the old building An ad hoc preservation group was established to try and save the historic building from the wrecker but it ultimately failed in June 1965 when Metro Council voted in favour of selling the building to Eaton s As author Mark Osbaldeston recalls in Unbuilt Toronto a deal to reduce the height of the tallest building in the complex so it wouldn t overshadow New City Hall resulted in a significant change of plan all of Old City Hall including the clock tower would be offered up for demolition Just the cenotaph was expected to remain The city and Eaton s still needed to negotiate the sale price for Old City Hall and the five streets that were to be permanently removed but Eaton Centre looked to be a done deal Then suddenly in May 1967 the T Eaton Co abruptly pulled the plug A closer look at the Eaton Centre s proposed treatment of Old City Hall The Eaton s withdrawal broke like a bombshell yesterday when two officials of the company told Metro Toronto chairman William Allen without any previous hint that the 22 5 acre project would not be built because it had been made economically unfeasible by financial demands red tape and lack of solid community and municipal support the Star reported Politicians scrambled to resurrect the project but

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/30/eaton-centre-nearly-wrecked-old-city-hall/ (2015-11-15)
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  • GARDINER EAST: Using the rail corridor to crack the highway riddle - Spacing Toronto
    tended to shun big moves Yet the railway berm constructed back in the 1920s to modernize access to an industrializing waterfront was a big move as was the construction of the Gardiner in the mid 1950s Big moves one could argue must be met with other big moves And that s what Brook will be proposing tomorrow With the Gardiner East EA due to be submitted to the province by next spring municipal and provincial politicians should listen to Brook because his idea is not only plausible it has the potential to be transformational in a highly challenged geography that requires us finally to make no more little plans photo by Wylie Poon Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Forgotten TTC architecture a reminder of nixed transit plans LORINC Can there be a Kumbaya moment for the Gardiner REID That s a nice laneway but it s no woonerf How to stop billboard proliferation along our highways Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 17 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Dave Dave 2 months ago A brilliant grand scale and innovative idea Meaning it will never see the light of day in small minded complacent bickering Toronto James Bow 2 months ago Intriguing I assume that part of this construction would be an opportunity to build a streetcar portal beneath the railway tracks at Cherry to eventually extend those tracks south into the Port Lands Steve 2 months ago I do appreciate the time and though put into these initiatives However with driver less cars transportation in the next twenty years I somehow get the feeling that if built it would be like all the bell phone jacks in my house Kinda useless Mark Dowling 2 months ago Bringing Cherry tracks south of the rail corridor needs to be done at the earliest opportunity when Queens Quay Cherry junction realigned To link it to a project of this scale the odds of which being realised are at best distant merely adds to the excuse list to not get it and East Bayfront LRT and Commissioners track to link both to the Leslie Barns done Mike 2 months ago I see a giant wall being created in this scheme This is a case of misguided incrementalism The only true solution that nobody has political will and or money to implement is burying both the railway and the highway It has done wonder for Barcelona why does Toronto deserve anything less SSK 2 months ago Brilliant Should also look at the Transbay Terminal project in San Francisco as an example of a stacked corridor http transbaycenter org uploads gallery transit center architecture cross section caltrain north jpg http transbaycenter org uploads gallery transit center architecture ttc 31 jpg Olivia 2 months ago It seems that people keep forgetting that we need ramps to and from the elevated

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/21/gardiner-east-city-looking-innovative-decking-rail-corridor/ (2015-11-15)
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  • Happy birthday to the Toronto streetcar system - Spacing Toronto
    track in about a month the Globe wrote Amazingly Easton had pledged to lay roughly three kilometres of track import streetcars from Philadelphia and acquire all the various sundries needed to operate a transit service in just four weeks The feat wasn t deemed remarkable in 1861 but it should have been The rails were also being imported from Philadelphia and other metal parts were shipped from a foundry in Hamilton At some point in the pre construction phase a decision was made that still effects modern TTC streetcar and subway operations The track gauge the distance between the rails was set at an unusual 4 ft 10 7 8 inches slightly wider than the gap used by most other railways According to Transit Toronto this was so public wagons could use the rails too From the Articles of Agreement between the Toronto Street Railway and the City of Toronto The gauge of the said railways shall be such that the ordinary vehicles now in use may travel on the said tracks The iron tired wagon wheels of private carts could use the inside of the metal rail the city thought and the streetcar wheels the outside provided the former didn t interfere with the latter In future years instead of replacing the city s entire network of streetcar rail the TRC and its successor the TTC simply bought vehicles that fit the existing track Even the new Bombardier low floor streetcars and the Rocket subway train are designed to use the TRC track gauge that was chosen to suit 19th century horse drawn wagons By August 30 just 15 days after work started the track reached Queen and Yonge That day the city s first streetcars arrived at the Queen s Wharf near present day Bathurst and Lake Shore Seven comfortable tasteful vehicles with views of various Toronto buildings printed on the outside were brought on the back of wagons to Yorkville where they were met with cheers and applause from a group of about 300 people Each streetcar held 24 people making the capacity of Toronto s first streetcar system 168 about 35 fewer than can be squeezed into a single articulated streetcar on Queen St during a typical rush hour today Map of the Toronto Street Railway system in 1891 30 years after the first line opened The modern TTC network was built from these bones City of Toronto Archives Fonds 16 Series 71 Item 9106 As Easton promised the line opened less than a month after construction began on September 10 The first streetcar was scheduled to leave Yorkville at 4 00 p m loaded with dignitaries but as the car pulled out of the barn it was mobbed by boisterous well wishers who claimed the seats for themselves and refused to budge Drawn by a single horse the first car had barely traveled a block before it derailed at Bloor St The passengers inside alighted and assisted in placing the vehicle on the rails again

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/08/19/happy-birthday-toronto-streetcar-system/ (2015-11-15)
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  • Why we need youth-created art in public spaces - Spacing Toronto
    was taken over by Transportation Services it began to focus on street art and graffiti management With the street art some of it was good and some of it wasn t says Zendel We don t want to ignore our commitment to youth but the project has to be artist led We want to focus on artist quality We do want youth to be involved but we want them to receive some serious training Julie Frost executive director of AFCY says it s essential to involve youth muralists in city development They provide the public a diverse voice and a perspective that s often unique It s unique but it s also needed in the discussions we have as city planners and cultural makers she says They have so much artistic agency that needs to be demonstrated and showcased There are practical consequences for having a younger demographic involved too These projects provide jobs for our youth she says There s huge issues with poverty and lack of jobs for young people We see this all the time in the news That s a demographic that s suffering greatly Frost says their projects often work with youth who identify with the margins and come from underserviced parts of the city Sustainable Thinking and Expressions on Public Space STEPS is a Toronto based organization that promotes artistic transformations of public space and often works with young artists In the summer of 2013 a group of youth involved with their Emerging ARTivists program along with local residents created a 32 storey mural on the side of a TCHC apartment building in St Jamestown The mural at 200 Wellesley Street depicts a giant phoenix rising the full height the complex That project was funded partially by StreetARToronto as were three other STEPS initiatives including the transformation of a derelict laneway in Thorncliffe Park into a mixed media installation A fourth project a mural gracing the newly designated Reggae Lane at Oakwood and Eglinton was unveiled earlier this month There are many benefits to having youth engaged in public art projects says Anjuli Solanki program manager for the Emerging ARTivists initiative One of the biggest things is that it really builds self confidence knowing they can have a voice and an impact on public space she says It really changes the way they see themselves and the way the community treats them But finding funding for these projects isn t always easy It s fairly challenging says Solanki estimating that 70 of the organization s work involves searching for funding and grants Art in the public space especially when it involves mentorship is consistently undervalued As it stands it is not a mandatory stipulation for a anyone applying for StreetARToronto to have youth involved in the project but Zendel says it s still an important component that may affect the granting decision Organizations that demonstrate robust youth engagement improve the likelihood of being recommended she says Having both professional and young artists at work

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/25/need-youth-art-public-spaces/ (2015-11-15)
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  • BACK TO SCHOOL: Why I use the city as a classroom - Spacing Toronto
    a child s empty lunch box or a neighborhood shooting Each such incident offers a stark reminder that first the city s poorest communities include a doubly vulnerable young demographic exposed to the myriad ways we ve been shortchanging our country s greatest resource second education practices need to aid students in unpacking the glaring discrepancies between reforms proposed to improve quality of life and actual quality of life and finally educators must engage the imaginations of those most impacted by political lip service in solution based dialogue that engenders self advocacy and civic responsibility This is the conversation I wanted to have with my Grade 8 students as we walked south on Sackville Street past the impressive Regent Park sports field These were the points I hoped would make their way into the consciousness of my students even as they stood mouths agape peering through the massive windows of Regent Park s state of the art Aquatic Centre Why can t they do this in our neighborhood one student asked It was a great question Here was a perfect entry point into a discussion about who gets to make decisions that impact neighbourhoods who is they The question may never have entered this student s consciousness had we not been surrounded by these polished new buildings among them the arts hub across the street from the pool This was the perfect moment to share a tidbit I d learned about the naming of the community centre Residents and local stakeholders initially decided to christen the building The Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre The Daniels Corporation the developer responsible for the revitalization of Regent Park swiftly purchased the naming rights for 4 million so it would be dubbed The Daniels Spectrum After hearing this anecdote my students became quiet for a moment and then cautiously attempted to communicate what they knew in their guts the understanding that those who can pay for pretty things ultimately get to put their names on pretty things Does it stop at naming Do they also get to dictate who uses pretty things and how As one would expect with authentic inquiry each question prompted remarkably honest and insightful responses Why do you think developers chose not to build public basketball courts in Regent Park Because they don t want teenage ballers hanging out and causing trouble Who stands to benefit from the mixed income housing model The poorer residents benefit because their houses are nicer Why do families that were temporarily relocated find it difficult if not impossible to move back to Regent Park They probably like where they are now or can t afford the higher rent How do you think Regent Park s long standing residents feel about the changes taking place in their neighborhood They likely have mixed feelings As we boarded the bus to head to the next destination on our urban streets field trip I reveled in the knowledge that we d accomplished something no textbook or Ministry

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/08/back-school-use-city-classroom/ (2015-11-15)
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  • How to stop billboard proliferation along our highways - Spacing Toronto
    to get around the rules for example placing billboards on parked trucks in the middle of their farm But for the most part you can drive for hours on an Ontario highway and simply enjoy the forests wildflowers barns silos Canadian Shield and the horizon This could change very soon Because of the Metrolinx proposal to place eight massive digital billboards on the 401 the province has decided to review all of its rules regarding commercial signage on highways Billboard lobbyists have been pushing hard for digital billboards both at City Hall and at Queen s Park The Metrolinx plan could open the floodgates The conference is happening on Thursday October 22 the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Highway Beautification Act The focus is on highway billboards but other topics will be covered such as honoring parks and open spaces To stay informed about the provincial billboard review sign up for updates And you if you want to spend a couple of days in Washington learning from public space advocates across North America let me know Drop me a line at dave scenic to Billboard advocacy is never easy The lobbyists are powerful smart and they know how to contribute the right amount of money to the right politicians But communities all across the world are fighting back If you want to see our public highways remain billboard free don t wait until it s too late Because as hard as it is to prevent new billboards from going up it s much harder to get them taken down later Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts MESLIN If a billboard falls in a forest Part 3 GARDINER EAST Using the rail corridor to crack the highway riddle MESLIN Connecting the Dots Exposing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/25/stop-billboard-proliferation-along-highways/ (2015-11-15)
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  • Complete Streets Photo Contest - Spacing Toronto
    s Complete Streets Project in partnership with Spacing wants it The Complete Streets Photo Contest launched this week is crowd sourcing the ways people interact with streets in their day to day life Accessible across myriad online platforms website submissions Twitter Facebook Instagram and e mail the contest hopes to get anyone who s ever been to Toronto discussing what makes streets accessible functional and inviting for those who use them In short how can Toronto s streets become more complete We re trying to make our city better says Adam Popper the Complete Streets project manager We want to engage people who think about urban design how a city is designed and used already We hope to engage all Torontonians not just the urban geeks he says Basically anyone who uses streets and has a smartphone There will be prizes awarded to the first second and third place finishers in three categories as decided by a combination of judges and public participation First prize gets a decorative personalized City of Toronto street sign along with prizes from Spacing Second place winners receive a Spacing Store gift certificate along with a subscription to the magazine and third prize is a one year subscription DEADLINE October 31 2015 For more information visit the contest website Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts REID Laneways as shared spaces WEDNESDAY Celebrate release of summer issue Jane Jacobs Prize winners Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Sept 21 27 REMINDER Waterfront T Shirt Design Contest closes on Wednesday Tweet More posts by Nathaniel Basen Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/24/complete-streets-photo-contest/ (2015-11-15)
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