Starting February 10th, Spacing Magazine will be displaying the winning entries to the urban design ideas competition ThinkTORONTO (a summary may be seen in the in the current issue of the magazine) in the Urbanspace Gallery directly adjacent to Swipe at 401 Richmond West. For those who haven’t seen the issue, Spacing invited Torontonians 35 years old or younger to submit creative ideas on how to improve the city’s public spaces. Even if you’ve studied the issue it’ll be worth a visit as the exhibit includes several entries that didn’t quite make it into the magazine.
Personally, as a non-driver (Junction 40 bus to Dundas West station, subway to the Spadina streetcar and down – all with a two-year-old in tow), I loved the proposal for a smartphone driven social-network on the TTC . And I can’t think of a better place downtown for a public park than the parking lot at the corner of Queen and Soho. My first bookstore job (circa 1980) was at an antiquarian shop in the building that was torn down to create this open space in the first place. A couple of years later I was working for Marc Glassman at Pages who should be credited (along with 401 Richmond neighbour Martin Heath at CineCycle) with bringing outdoor cinema to Toronto, with shorts and features projected on the exterior wall of the rattan warehouse that later became the Bamboo (you cannot imagine what a feat it was to get away something like that in the era of the Ontario Censor Board). It’s a space resonant with history for me and for culture in this city. – David
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