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Spacing Saturday: Vague Terrane, the Missing Middle and Place d’Armes

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

As talk of Ford’s subway notion subsides, transit advocates are turning their attention to a badly needed downtown relief line. But in light of urban/suburban divide and conquer politics, the search is on for a better name for the proposed line. Spacing put the question to readers and received over a hundred ideas.

With the Hot Docs film festival set to get underway, Jacqueline Whyte Appelby starts a look at some the screenings which may of particular interest to Spacing readers.

Drained for the spring, a contemporary view down the final leg of the Rideau Canal reveals how much space has been opened up along the waterway since the 1920’s.

Alexandre Laquerre compares post card images of Ottawa’s evolving museum scene at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Allanah Heffez assesses the redesign of the historic Place d’Armes, which has been central to Montreal for over 300 years. The new design strives to integrate the square into the surrounding area and to better organize traffic.

Guillaume St-Jean uses the Montage du Jour feature to look at the intensification and reorganization which has taken place over 80 years along boulevard de Maissonneuve in central Montreal.

As the Vague Terrain exhibit closed at the Surrey Art Gallery, Don Schuetze noticed the strange coincidence that another exhibit opened at the new downtown library in Surrey’s emerging center; a fitting basis for a discussion of the relationship between city and suburbs.

Gordon Price uses his Price Points feature to show a surprisingly traditional looking easter home in the heart of Vancouver’s West End. A further look at the building reveals a lot about the issue the missing middle in Canadian residential construction.

Photograph by: Harvey Barrison