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Spacing Saturday: Photowalking, front porches and books

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Spacing Saturday highlights posts from across Spacing’s blog network in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and the Atlantic region.

Spacing Ottawa editor Evan Thornton catches up with photographer Justin Van Leeuwen about photo-walking the city.

Erin O’Connell takes a look at front porches and the ways they are used in neighbourhoods as a method of interacting with the community.

Émile Thomas lists the top five books about urban spaces. Including his own recaps of why they’re an important read.

Spacing’s publisher, Matthew Blackett, starts a discussion about the usability of subway maps. In Toronto the map is simple, because there are only 69 stations compared to New York’s 486.  Which is why graphic designer Eddie Jabbour wants to redesign New Yorks map — to make it less intimidating.

John Lorinc compiled a pros and cons list for both the Presto smartcard and open fare payment systems that are being proposed as fare alternatives for the TTC.

Spacing Atlantic editor Emma Feltes revisits her article from Spacing’s 18th issue, ‘Oh, The Spectacle‘ on the newly developed Seaport Farmers’ Market building in Halifax.

Photo by Erin O’Connell