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Spacing Saturday: CanU, Safe Cycling and the Legg Residence

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

Brian Gould reports back from the third annual conference of the CanU, the Council for Canadian Urbanism. Both the conference and the make up of the group itself are reasons for high optimism about this budding organization.

Erick Villagomez highlights a troubling application to demolish the Legg Residence, one of Vancouver’s significant heritage buildings, and the rising efforts to save it.

Allegra Newman profiles the results of last month’s Next City Cafe event engaging a wide variety of interests on the issue of how to make cycling better in Ottawa.

In light of a highly publicized deadly cycling accident in Downtown Ottawa this week Spacing highlights a compelling video response to a similar tragedy in Northern Ireland.

Sean Gillis reveals the final result of the Atlantic Canada’s Densest Neighbourhoods series. This week profiling the most densely populated neighbourhood in the Maritimes, Halifax’s Spring Garden/ Queen Street area.

Last week’s profiled crowd-sourcing project to attach stories to a series of old photographs unearthed in the Nova Scotia archives produced some interesting results. Lauren Oostveen reveals the intriguing story of one of the series’ most interesting photographs.

The Montage du Jour featured several interesting contrasts in commercial buildings this week, including the evolution of a grocery store over the past several decades.

For several days Guillaume St-Jean’s Montage du Jour focused on the fascinating changes brought about by the construction of the massive Maison Radio-Canada complex in the early 1970’s.

Two posts this week complimented the upcoming release of the food issue of the Spacing Magazine. Jessica Lemieux tells the story of how a vegetable garden built community for a newcomer to the city. Luca de Franco uses the Headspace feature to interview Debbie Field, executive director of the innovative organization Foodshare.

Alex Bozikovic uses the No Mean City column to profile a fascinating New York City program pre-qualifying high quality architects for local public works projects to support local firms and make the most of limited budgets.

Photograph by: Lawrence Plug