IN THE ISSUE: Artist creates flags for Toronto’s main streets

cover-issue26-tall vs small FINAL 300While Toronto is often called the “city of neighbourhoods,” there is very little visual material that celebrate these areas (outside of customized street signs and banners that hang from light poles). Enter Brendan Hennessey, a local urbanist who took it upon himself to research the origin of neighbourhoods, local street names, and the current elements (social, cultural, political) that give each area its character.

You can find all 13 flags and descriptions in the current issue of Spacing on newsstands now until mid-March 2013. You can pick up your copy at any of these fine stores.

EGLINTON AVENUE FLAG (above)

WHY DOES IT LOOK THIS WAY? Green represents the numerous parks that Eglinton passes by; blue represents the rivers and creeks it passes over; and gold represents the Golden Mile, Scarborough’s famous car sales strip. The three rings are taken from Earl of Eglinton’s coat of arms and joined together to represent Eglinton’s status as the one major road that links all six of the former municipalities.