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Canadian Urbanism Uncovered

2009 | Issue 14

Grey Spaces

The Spring-Summer 2009 issue of Spacing focuses on the grey spaces of the city — not the physical and literal grey spaces —but places like libraries, airports, bars, community centres, and shopping malls that are generally accessible by the public, and have a variety of societal or even legal rules to follow once you enter. Our contributors examine these intricacies and reveal the multiple sides of public life in Toronto. Topics include untangling the PATH system, how the Flemingdon community lost control of the use of the nearby hydro field, why schools aren’t better utilized by residents, how book and music stores become cultural hubs, how the CNE avoided demolition in the 1970s, and the fuzzy ownership questions surrounding places of worship.