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LORINC: The public space miracle of the moveable chair (redux)

It's summer and, yet again, there's nowhere to sit in Toronto's parks

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In 1979, when the renowned American sociologist William (Holly) Whyte published The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces — which is, let’s face it, a love letter to New York — he was training his gaze on a city that had been through the ringer. After decades of Robert Moses’ mega-project megalomania, Greenwich Village had only just narrowly escaped his bulldozers. The South Bronx was on fire. The subways were a stinking mess. Crime had spiked. Muggers lurked in Central Park. And... Read more

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