The next issue of Spacing, due out in mid-April, will focus on Toronto’s “grey spaces” — those places that feel public but aren’t, and as such, come with strings attached that can limit one’s ability to explore, use, or develop them. We explore these areas further in the third episode of Spacing Radio.
First, Spacing senior editor Shawn Micallef takes host David Michael Lamb to Yonge-Dundas Square for an examination of the rules of engagement for Toronto’s grey spaces.
Then, DML and Wavelength co-founder Jonny Dovercourt discuss the cultural importance of independent book and record shops as hubs and rallying points for the city’s arts communities.
And reporter Megan Hall takes us through the struggles of an architect who is trying to build a house in a laneway in Parkdale, but is running into all kinds of roadblocks at the City’s Works department.
All this, plus music by Gentleman Reg — who’s new album, Jet Black, was just released on Arts+Crafts.
Links to stuff from Spacing Radio 003
- Yonge-Dundas Square: the square’s official site and Wikipedia article about the history of the corner and the management of the square.
- Indie book and record shops: websites for Soundscapes, Rotate This, and Pages Books.
- Laneway housing: a great post on Urbanphoto.net by Spacing Montreal contributor Christopher DeWolf.