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Spacing Saturday: Food Hub, Market Street and Local Democracy

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

With Toronto’s municipal political theater taking a twist towards mayoral impeachment this week, John Lorinc questions the merits of the strategy and its implications for the Mayor’s opponents.

Alex Bozikovic uses the No Mean City architectural feature to look at a recently approved plan to drastically improve Market Street, next to Toronto’s Saint Lawrence Market. The improvements will open the street to patios and frame the last project advanced by noted developer Paul Oberman.

Alexandre Laquerre continues his photographic series looking at the changing streets of Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood over the course of the 20th century.

Allanah Heffez shares stories and observations from her time volunteering giving out free hotdogs to Montreal’s homeless. The hot dog truck, which served as a connection to further services, played witness to a range of experiences.

Emile Thomas reports back from his experience observing local democracy in action, noting the decidedly bitter tone of citizen question period at local council Thomas questions what to make of the array of complaints and grievances.

Vancouver first lost its public market in 1897 when its building was converted into City Hall, Jeff Nield explains why the concept of a food system is still essential to a city’s well being, profiling the hubbub around a soon to open new food hub.

Peacock sits down with Jak King, the unofficial historian of Commercial Drive, the ‘back door to Vancouver.’ King uses his detailed knowledge of businesses, technological change and personal stories to look back on a unique part of a city which tends to spend more time looking forward.


Photograph by: dliban