The cold war siren system Toronto never used

At Dundas West and Shaw, near Trinity-Bellwoods Park, there’s a conspicuous piece of Canada’s Cold War history. On top of... Read More

Balancing vibrancy and accessibility: new rules for sidewalk patios

In the current issue of Spacing, I mention sidewalk patios as an example of the dual role of sidewalks, as both a place and a... Read More

How the Eaton Centre nearly wrecked Old City Hall

Ever since Toronto city council moved over the street in 1965, Toronto hasn’t quite known what to do with Old City Hall. The... Read More

Why we need youth-created art in public spaces

At the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on Queen’s Quay West, a colourful, 80-foot mosaic stretches the length of the pedestrian walkway... Read More

Complete Streets Photo Contest

Take a photo of a street. It could be anything really, from anywhere: an artistic element you like in Barcelona, a creative use of... Read More

GARDINER EAST: Using the rail corridor to crack the highway riddle

The Gardiner East Follies returns for yet another extended run at City Hall beginning on Tuesday morning, when city officials present... Read More

The mysterious case of the grave of Stella Vanzant

When little Stella Vanzant died of causes unknown some time in the early 1800s, her bereaved father interred the girl’s young... Read More

Forgotten TTC architecture a reminder of nixed transit plans

Toronto is building the East Bayfront LRT. Well, sort of. This week, Metro News reported that the City of Toronto has set aside $2... Read More

Happy birthday to the Toronto streetcar system

There are perhaps few things more symbolic of Toronto than its streetcars. For more than 150 years, surface rail has formed the... Read More