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Canadian Urbanism Uncovered

A flâneur manifesto

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Shawn Micallef reveals in Eye this week the key to Toronto’s hidden beauty through walking:

We’re told, over and over, that Toronto is not Paris, New York, London or Tokyo. We’re trained to be underwhelmed. Will Alsop told The Globe and Mail earlier this year that when he first came to Toronto he found it “unbelievably ugly.” He’s sort of right. Toronto seems to exist without design or reason. We don’t expect to turn the corner and see beauty or to be amazed. Why then, are so many people amazed about being Torontonian right now?