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Canadian Urbanism Uncovered

015: Safe streets, buildings on the brink, and urban exploration

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In this podcast we tackle the obstacles facing pedestrians and explore the forgotten, abandoned places in our midst. We begin with Spacing Magazine senior editor and co-chair of Toronto’s Pedestrian Committee Dylan Reid, who joins host David Michael Lamb in conversation. The pair take to a busy downtown street corner to discuss the recent spate of pedestrian deaths in and around Toronto and the ways we can make the streets safer for all. Next, we get a quick primer on the life and would-be death of the old military hangers at Toronto’s Downsview Airport, before DML takes us into the underground world of urban exploration. He is joined by musician Jamie Thompson, from the Urban Flute Project, and long-time urban explorer Martin Reis as they chat about the attraction of a city’s abandoned spaces. And finally, Spacing Radio producer Mieke Anderson introduces us to Boyd Hipfner. Boyd takes Mieke for a stroll and we learn about the added trials and tribulations some pedestrians face in the winter.

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photo by David Michael Lamb