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Canadian Urbanism Uncovered

021: Jane’s Walk, Cleveland’s Public Square, and Mount Pleasant Cemetery

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We begin this episode of Spacing Radio in Toronto’s Alexandra Park, where Spacing producer Todd Harrison speaks with Jane’s Walk executive director Jane Farrow about this weekend’s upcoming Jane’s Walks and how the event — and the discussions it inspires — has evolved both at home and abroad. Up next, Spacing producer Mieke Anderson takes us to Cleveland, Ohio where she meets up with local newspaper critic Steven Litt, to discuss the drawbacks of the city’s Public Square and what one group is proposing to do to reinvent the space. In Montreal, reporter Adam Bemma visits the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex to discover how a former limestone quarry-turned-landfill-site is being transformed into one of the city’s largest public green spaces. And finally, we get a glimpse of one of Toronto’s oldest and most unlikeliest parks – Mount Pleasant Cemetery – when reporter Pattie Phillips takes a tour of the grounds with cemetery manager Nathan Johnson. Music on this edition of Spacing Radio can be found on Broken Social Scene’s forthcoming release, Forgiveness Rock Record, in stores May 4th.

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