10 No Brainers to Make Toronto More Awesome! is a project of the Centre for City Ecology that highlights small, achievable actions at the City-level that would improve life in Toronto’s neighbourhoods, right now. A series of 10 short videos will be released on Spacing Toronto from Sept. 15-19, highlighting 10 No Brainers contributed by a diverse cast of Torontonians. The project will wrap up with a free Pop-Up Event where City Council candidates can pitch which No Brainer they’d champion at City Hall and the public can join in the conversation: October 9 in the East End.
Toronto is a city of laneways; we have over 250km of laneways weaving behind our homes and storefronts, but we rarely think of these spaces as part of the public realm. Here, Jonas Spring, owner of Ecoman landscaping, and Victoria Taylor, a local landscape architect, pitch their idea to activate our laneways as key elements of our public space network and potential contributors to our complex urban ecologies. Their idea, called “Public Laneway Puncture”, was originally featured in the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown Design Challenge.