Category Archives: Melbourne

For the Love of Laneways

snowylane1We got a lot of snow here in Toronto this weekend and I don’t know if it was the coating of powdery whiteness or the stillness it brings, but the day-long storm and its aftermath got me thinking about laneways. As I watched people frantically shovel their driveways and salt their sidewalks, all I could think was that it sure seems like a lot of work to maintain our privately owned but publicly accessible thoroughfares. Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you articles focused on how  to create and maintain one of the world’s most liveable cities, Los Angeles’ healthy parklets and how citizens created an entire city within an abandoned building.
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Melbourne Gives Toronto the (Car) Boot

By Rachel Lissner

Australia has a real love of bric-a-brac and a vibrant culture of secondhand items. After living in Melbourne for a few months, I struggled to keep a mental list of the infinite number of markets and secondhand stores recommended to me while dedicating my weekends to visiting different suburbs neighbourhoods and perusing the pop-up stalls and kitschy shops. Continue reading

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