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Spacing Saturday: Bike lane removal, City of Design and Transit for the Dogs

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Spacing Saturday highlights posts from across Spacing’s blog network in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and the Atlantic region.

In a new installment of the Montreal Lit series, Gregory McCormick profiles the Carmine Starnino’s This Way Out, a book of poetry dedicated to the very relatable gripes of urban life.

Natascia Lypny profiles a new public exhibit at Place Ville Marie which celebrates the anniversary of Montreal’s UNESCO designation as a City of Design and discusses how the city has worked to grow into that designation over the past five years.

Clive Doucet takes another lesson from the Instanbul Transit system and challenges the dominant Canadian assumption that efficient transit must operate its own right of way. Instead of pushing for expensive infrastructure investments to bury LRT, Doucet advocates five main principles for efficient urban transportation.

Crystal Melville collects the urban news from across the Atlantic Region and puts it all in one place for readers to looking to get a sense of current affairs in Atlantic Canadian cities.

Jake Tobin Garret covered the evolving story of Toronto Council’s new bike plan this week documenting first the comprehensive report that went to council and then the surprise move later in the week to remove lanes on several important streets.

Dylan Reid takes a look at the City’s proposals for the project to transform John Street and reflects on the process of trying to successfully accommodate all users of the street. Despite a push for bike lanes to be included in the plans, Reid argues this could jeopardize the entire project.

Photograph by: Neal Jennings