Spacing Makes Urbanism and Planning Hip

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The Gladstone Hotel was hopping last night with the usual crowd of young urban hipsters, but there was something very odd about it: they were there to party about a magazine and a blog, that cover those oh-so-trendy subjects:

City hall, architecture, urban planning, public transit, transportation infrastructure and just about anything that involves the public realm of our cities.

How did this happen, that such things became hip?spacing-party-overall.jpg
Spacing party after I left. Photo by Yvonne Bambrick, used with permission.

For one thing, they took it away from academia and into the streets. They write:

Public space is at the heart of democracy. It’s where people interact, teach, learn, participate, and protest.

But environmental degradation, commercial self-interest, and infrastructure neglect have come to dominate our cities’ streets. Fortunately, imaginative and passionate city-dwellers worldwide — and in Toronto in particular — appreciate the endless possibilities that cities can offer. They are resisting the co-option of their communities through random acts of beauty and intellect.

They keep on top of the current topics; the current issue is all about suburbs. They also don't just write, but get involved; some of them sit on the Friends of Fort York board, a tired old historic site that they are working to revitalize.

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The green movement has tried to do this with Greendrinks and yes, even TreeHugger, but there is a lot other cities and organizations can learn from the work of the gang at Spacing.

More at Spacing and their Toronto blog.

Stories in TreeHugger sourced from Spacing:
Ad Creep Hits the Bike Lanes
Guerilla Gardening Goes Nano
Victorian Architects Knew How to Design Off-Grid
Taking Back the City Dept: Psychogeographic Walks
Green Roof Installed Over Toronto Subway Station
How They Store Bikes In Tokyo
Guerilla Gardeners: Resistance is Fertile

Tags: Cities | Toronto | Urban Life

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