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SPACING: What do you want City Hall to accomplish?


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On November 13, 2006, Toronto will elect a new city council. Over the next four years, the city will face numerous challenges and opportunities and we need our elected representatives to get things done. No more excuses, please.

Spacing is asking its readers what they would like to see city council accomplish during the next term in office.

Please email us your ideas and we may publish it/them in our upcoming issue (September 2006). Please keep your ideas to 50 words or less. It can be as simple as “make green roofs and solar panels mandatory for new buildings” or “act like adults during council meetings.”

Please visit this web page and email us your answers.

We have opened up the comments section for you to leave your thoughts. Please do not comment on other people’s ideas — we’d like to use the space only to collect ideas.

photo by Sam Javanrouh



  1. Telecom and sidewalk construction companies should use stencils when they do markings on pavement. Our politicians complain about graffit tags, but these markings look just as bad, and they are more noticeable and prevalent in the city. If we requested that these companies use stencils, then it wouldn’t look like a mess.

    Here’s a photo of what I’m talking about:

  2. I agree with your post on cop horses — put diapers of the beasts. It makes our streets a bit cleaner, safer for cyclists, and it can be used for soil, etc. It helps everyone and is kind of a no-brainer once you think about it.

  3. one thing that city hall should have to do is ordering new streetcars for the aging cars we have currently, they always pospone it and pospone it, until the streetcars are in deperate need or replacements. with the deal siemens has offered the city should take it, not wait until the deal has gone and pay twice as much

  4. I would like to see council adopt — city-wide — the newspaper boxes being tried out on the corner of Bloor and Yonge and the simple blue trash and recycling cans that are now appearing around the city. In other words: Do away with street furniture that carries advertisements.

  5. Be wary, Mason: the multi-publication boxes at Yonge and Bloor have advertising panels on the back that, while currently vacant, probably won’t be within a year. I personally prefer the design of the ones at Yonge and Dundas, which are shorter and don’t (yet) have a place for future ads.

    Either way, though, neither appears to be cane-detectible and as such they’re significant hazards for those with limited or no vision.

    Otherwise, I of course agree with you: Do away with street furniture that carries advertisements. (Take a look at The Fixer’s column in today’s Star: