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Spacing Saturday: Transit Politics, Regional Migration and Olympic Legacy

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

Vancouver Olympic Village

As the political drama around Toronto’s transit planning continued this week Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler got into the details of an Angus Reid poll exploring what options Torontonians really support. In another post, Dylan Reid explored the positives of Rob Ford’s push to start the debate on new funding sources for transit.

Noah van der Laan continues the LRT Today series, looking at the Gold Line in Los Angeles as a system which passes through a variety of environments and may bear similarities to what could be built in Toronto.

Alexandre Laquerre takes a look at the difference 80 years makes at the corner of Bank and Sommerset in Ottawa.

Alanah Heffez reminds readers that the practice of removing snow from Montreal’s streets is not that old, illustrating that there was a time when snow was simply piled in the streets to form elevated carriageways.

Is there really an ongoing Francophone exodus from Montreal? and if so then who is buying all the new condos? Joel Thibert unpacks the questions of regional migration around Montreal in the latest installment of The Regionalist.


Brent Toderian, former director of planning for the City of Vancouver, makes his debut post in part one of a new ongoing series looking at Vancouver’s Olympic legacy and the challenges and opportunities of Olympic city-building in host cities around the world.

Victor Ngo presents the results of a study looking into the best sites with potential for major Transit Oriented Development along Vancouver’s SkyTrain lines using GIS mapping techniques and Statistics Canada housing data.


Photograph by: Glotman Simpson