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  • Issue 8 /// At the Crossroads - Spacing Magazine
    explanation behind the colour combinations of subway station platforms on the Bloor Danforth line what happens when you send a letter to a park and the rankings of the best toboggan hills in the city The issue launches John Lorinc s City Hall column The major feature of this issue written by contributing editor Ed Keenan received a Best Personal Essay nomination by the National Magazine Awards in 2008 Contributors include Ed Keenan Eye Weekly Sarah Hood co author of The Unknown City Liz Clayton Amy Lavender Harris Todd Irvine Joe Wilson Dan Yashinsky Steve Brearton plus articles by Spacing editors Dale Duncan Dylan Reid Anna Bowness and Lindsay Gibb The pages come to life with the work of Sam Javanrouh Daily Dose of Imagery Rannie Turingan Photojunkie ca Adam Krawesky inconduit com Bouke Salverda aidanfotos com Payam Rajabi colourblind ca Tanja Tiziana Burdi doublecrossed ca Jerrold Litwinenko photosapience com illustrators Todd Julie Matt Daley Marlena Zuber and Joe Ollmann The cover illustration was done by Matt Borrett Search Advertisement Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 LORINC How to invest

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/magazine/issue-8/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Issue 10 /// Can Toronto Be Green? - Spacing Magazine
    in the fight against climate change The cover section of the tenth issue of Spacing includes articles on community gardens and urban agriculture eating wild plants found in our parks and laneways the need to green our driveways the not so long arm of environmental bylaws comparing Toronto s green initiatives to other Canadian cities and the perils of living near a brownfield under redevelopment This issue also marks the first time Spacing was named Small Magazine of the Year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Our contributors also delve into topics such as the methodology of dumpster divers the SUV limo industry congestion charges on the Gardiner and DVP John Lorinc s City Hall column the graffiti of engineers and the history of the QEW s lion monument Cover photos by Miles Storey interior spread illustration by Julia Breckenreid Search Advertisement Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 LORINC How to invest with Crosstown s found money The story of Jackie Burroughs a Yorkville laundromat and two of the biggest drug addled bands of t From the Spacing Store

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/magazine/issue-10/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Issue 7 /// The City Hall Issue - Spacing Magazine
    getting very little in return and also outlines a list of 45 Things To Do for the next city council The magazine features articles on hanging out in cemeteries riding your bike with headphones on the inventor of Toronto s ring and post bike rack and a detailed map on how to get out of the Don Valley This issue was nominated for Best Editorial Package by the National Magazine Awards Contributors include Ed Keenan Eye Weekly James Bow Transit Toronto Sarah Hood co author of The Unknown City Mike Smith Now magazine cycling activist Steve Brearton Paul Carlucci Eye Weekly Shawn Micallef of murmur Sean Lerner TTC Rider Efficiency Guide plus articles by Spacing editors Dale Duncan Dylan Reid and Matthew Blackett The pages come to life with the work of Sam Javanrouh Daily Dose of Imagery Rannie Turingan Photojunkie ca Adam Krawesky inconduit com Bouke Salverda aidanfotos com Payam Rajabi colourblind ca illustrators Fiona Smyth Julia Breckenreid and Joe Ollmann cover photo by Sam Javanrouh interior spread photos by Miles Storey Search Advertisement Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/magazine/issue-7/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Unveiling the Bloor Viaduct's Luminous Veil - Spacing Toronto
    began to talk about the viaduct as being Toronto s suicide landmark in the same breath as San Francisco s Golden Gate Bridge Almost 600 people have died by jumping into the Don Valley and the rate of suicides peaked while the unromantically named suicide prevention barrier was being built Even in those dire circumstances the City was divided on whether to build a barrier Concerns ranged from the bridge s stunning views being ruined to the amount of money a barrier would cost People who want to kill themselves will just go elsewhere it was argued and some did But a coalition of mental health organizations led by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario made a compelling argument that the bridge was a suicide landmark Although some studies suggest that the barrier didn t make a difference in the number of people who kill themselves by jumping the fact remains that Toronto doesn t have a suicide landmark anymore The Veil raises the guard rails edging the viaduct to five and a half metres in height As the latter part of its name suggests the Veil is almost transparent from a distance a bundle of eight millimetre railings spaced widely enough that the wooded Rosedale Ravine and the busy Don Valley Parkway below are easily visible Revington metamorphosed the idea from chain link fence to award winning sculpture That the Veil was left unfinished speaks to how much art is underestimated by Toronto Revington says OCAP s words don t really unsettle him for this reason In your absence of knowledge about something you can call it anything you like The Viaduct is one of our best pieces of civic architecture That a struggle of this magnitude took place at the Bloor Viaduct is a civic irony When the bridge was finished in 1919 it was among the largest of its type in North America giving bragging rights to the city It also typified concerns that continue to animate civic politics money transit and civic vision while helping to establish the east west divide that continues to characterize Toronto The final design crossed the ravine on five arches designed in the modish Beaux Arts style It was one of the first municipal structures to use concrete the marble of its day in significant measure and at one point in the design process was supposed to be entirely concrete The man best known for driving the viaduct s construction was R C Harris widely seen as one of the city s first city building visionaries Harris and his bridge were immortalized in Michael Ondaatje s 1987 novel In The Skin of a Lion Ondaatje writes He loved this viaduct It was his first child as Head of Public Works much of it planned before he took over but he bullied it through It was Harris who envisioned that it could carry not just cars but trains on a lower trestle When the viaduct was completed a fit of post World War I whimsicality prompted City officials to name it after Britain s Prince Edward but the name that stuck was the one that appears on the plans Bloor Viaduct Both businesses and residents on the east side of the viaduct continue to struggle with the intellectual divide posed by the valley which remains almost one hundred years after it was physically bridged Though the western end of the Danforth is only three subway stops from Yonge Street the Danforth Business Improvement Association BIA continues to look for ways to bring more visitors to their neighbourhood Seven years ago its members some remembering what it was like when the bridge was a suicide landmark hit on Revington s unfinished design Jennifer Jones whose dance studio is two buildings east of Broadview took up the cause of getting the Veil lit and has championed it ever since In 2008 Jones was interested because she saw the financial possibilities that the only city owned lighted sculpture presented for the neglected east end But it quickly turned into something more for the dance teacher It s a testament to life she says and to honour the fact that the prevention has saved life Pan Am Games brought the funding Though Revington always hoped his Veil would see the light it was the BIA who brought the resurrected idea to the City and kept it on the agenda through the reign of three mayors Jones is terribly disappointed that the entire Veil won t be illuminated as a Pan Am Games legacy That comes from this lack of vision in the city she says Potholes housing all of those things those are important things and I m not denying them But if you re going to do something do it There s only one upside Jones can see to lighting the bridge in 2015 Had they put the lights in back in 2002 they would have been replacing them by now University of Toronto urbanist David Roberts says the Pan Am Games are a missed opportunity for Toronto and he too blames lack of vision The Games are supposed to mobilize money for Toronto but Roberts says the opportunity isn t being used because there s no clear picture of what the city needs The mayor could potentially have some of these larger conversations about vision and how these different pieces fit together and how the Pan Am Games fit into a long term vision for the city he says Back in January Mayor John Tory said he was troubled and I ll put it no stronger than that by the idea of funding the Veil when the City was having trouble coming up with money for things as pressing as homelessness and as unsexy as potholes Granted Tory had only been in office a few months at that point and was facing money pressure from numerous fronts Many hoped he would bring positive vision to the city after Rob Ford But the mayor s prevarication

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/07/02/unveiling-bloor-viaducts-luminous-veil/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Kat Eschner, Author at Spacing Toronto
    Viaduct s Luminous Veil At night the Rosedale Ravine is dark It s so dark in fact that the Bloor Viaduct is just shapes overhead cobwebby steel arches Read More Culture Richard Andrew Sharum Q A picturing downtowns Dallas photographer Richard Andrew Sharum s recent exhibit Observe Dallas 2015 turned the city s exclusive art scene on its head by Read More Civic Engagement Social media conditioning how Toronto is embracing new outreach tools Two and a half years ago the City of Toronto didn t have somebody in its communications division specifically focusing on Read More Culture PAN AM PATH Summer of art in Toronto Of all the events happening around the Pan and Parapan Am Games this summer the Pan Am Path Art Relay could be the most innovative Read More Politics Toronto politics in a hashtag It was 2010 The G20 protests were in the news and Rob Ford was running for mayor Some of Toronto s Twitter users took to the Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 Welcome to

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/author/kateschner/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Laurie Townshend, Author at Spacing Toronto
    SCHOOL Why I use the city as a classroom At this time of year the signs abound Colourful backpack displays have replaced the Slip N Slide demo at Walmart And if you Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 Welcome to your private nuclear

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/author/laurietownshend/ (2015-11-16)
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  • The two worlds of my Etobicoke - Spacing Toronto
    employment but they have the least access to TTC Only 19 of 68 subway stations are within or near neighbourhoods in City Three Etobicoke has access to three Kipling Islington and Royal York stations They are all in the south At the time they were built they were considered to be contributing to urban sprawl At least build a community centre The plague of low density sprawl afflicting the suburbs remains relatively the same today As John Sewell wrote in The Shape of the Suburbs because the urban densities were so low it was not cost effective to serve suburban areas with good transit This is an entirely logical argument of course but it s an unfortunate one for the thousands of people living in Etobicoke especially the north that do use public transit South Etobicoke s transit is definitely lacking compared to the rest of Toronto but is a godsend compared to the north The Queen streetcar the GO stations and relative closeness to the subway make for a shorter commute time The north is less accessible by transit and as Domise says that the longer commute times contribute to the general atmosphere of the area It s small things like that that end up chipping away at your day by the time you get home you re exhausted and don t want to do anything else he says The isolation caused by being so poorly connected to the city contributes to a cycle he adds Community members are reluctant to challenge the status quo because City Hall is literally too far away to access for transit users that can t afford to skip a day of work or have to go home right after their work day is over if only because it takes so long to get there The community has developed organically between neighbours because of cultural backgrounds and because their kids go to school together But as far as what the city has planned what the local councillors have tried to create in the area there s no general meeting place There s no place where people can all get together and discuss issues says Domise Urban affairs reporter Christopher Hume wrote about the state of Rexdale in 2006 in his Toronto Star article titled At least build a community centre It seems that in nearly ten years nothing has changed City planner Bill Kiru says that there isn t much money being invested in north Etobicoke Some investment went into the area when it was named a priority neighbourhood in 2005 and now Albion Library is getting a makeover However for the most part the City s areas of interest currently lie in the rejuvenation of some problematic areas of central Etobicoke that have potential There are plans to revamp Six Points interchange the messy intersections of Bloor Dundas and Kipling Avenue also affectionately called Spaghetti Junction The reconfiguration would untangle the streets transforming the area into a mixed use pedestrian friendly city centre

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/08/18/the-two-worlds-of-my-etobicoke/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Prajakta Dhopade, Author at Spacing Toronto
    Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic By Prajakta Dhopade Neighbourhoods The two worlds of my Etobicoke My childhood was spent surrounded by the Humber River and grocery stores I live in Rexdale where there s not much to do and every Read More Traffic Shredding paper is adding time to your commute Mayor Tory is trying to tackle Toronto s 6 billion traffic congestion problem by cracking down on lane blocking vehicles but Read More Transit The TTC is the set of a late night talk show A Toronto comedian is using the TTC subway as the studio for his makeshift late night talk show Host Matt O Brien interviews guests Read More Transit Artists to take over Chester station newsstand A shuttered Gateway Newstand kiosk in Chester station will be opening up for business and it ll be showcasing more than just candy Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter LORINC How to invest with Crosstown s found money The story of Jackie

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/author/prajakta/ (2015-11-16)
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