SPACING: Spring issue release party March 28th!

WHAT: Spacing spring 2014 release party & Jane Jacobs Prize ceremony
WHEN: Friday, March 28th, 2014
TIME: Jane Jacobs Prize ceremony: 5:30pm-7pm / release party: 7pm-12am
WHERE: 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St., 1 block north of Bloor)
COST: free (mags $9)
RSVP: Optional to RSVP to our Facebook event listing

The upcoming issue of Spacing will hit newsstands in the first week of April. You can get it earlier by coming to our release party on Friday, March 28th at the amazing 918 Bathurst Centre.

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This issue’s cover section tackles cycling in Toronto and the variety of topics, controversies, and stories inspired by riding around on two wheels. Our contributors examine how city hall can improve cycling in Toronto, why condo boards don’t like bikes, how the Green Loop is Scarborough can revolutionize cycling in the suburbs, why bike repair classes should be in all high schools, and much more.

The issue also features Spacing’s newest venture: the magazine is now the official stewards of the Jane Jacobs Prize. Since 1999, the organization Ideas That Matter (ITM) has been handing out the award to Toronto residents who have influenced the urban fabric of the city (Spacing was the winner in 2010).  The ITM team wanted to breathe new life into the award and asked Spacing to take over administering it moving forward. This new issue of Spacing features a profile on the two 2014 winners (their identities will be revealed on March 25th).

Come to the party early (5:30pm) to see the 2014 recipients of the Jane Jacobs Prize accept their awards and hear about their stories. Check out our web pages for more background on the Jane Jacobs Prize.

Joel Weeks Park

Contributing editor Edward Keenan (senior editor at The Grid) contributes a personal essay about the legacy of Joel Weeks, a friend of his who died in 1982 when he drowned in a Don River storm sewer. This emotionally-moving feature explores the fight to name a renovated park after Joel and the idea of who “owns” memories of the city.

You can also see the results of our Transit Poster Contest in this issue. Also included in this issue: the moving history of Toronto’s shoreline, design ideas for urban mailboxes, how to organize a subway party for kids, and a profile of sidewalk artist Victor Fraser.