Toronto’s Distillery District Christmas Market lived up to yet another successful year filled with traditional winter festivities, delicious treats, and holiday cheer. From November 20th to December 20th, visitors from both near and afar came to partake in a wide range of activities and sightseeing opportunities in the historic district. At night, the market transformed into a festival of lights where one could enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel to catch a glimpse from a birds eye view, or savour a hot mulled wine by the fire.
This is the second of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.
Often overlooked, community consultation is a critical component of urban development. Perhaps it should not be surprising that Torontonians feel development fatigue at times – the only thing more ubiquitous than cranes are the development placards affixed to buildings, fences, and plywood walls separating pedestrians from construction sites. Moreover, until recently development placards were difficult to understand, or worse yet, contained little information other than the proposed height and use, and a time and location for the city facilitated community consultation – consultations which are held at City Hall at times not convenient for all citizens to attend. Contemporary planning literature has much to say about this model, critiquing its efficacy around democratic participation.
On the first weekend of May, Toronto played host to the Jane’s Walk Festival, a three day bipedal celebration of urban space, as understood by those who live it. With over 180 walks held, the city was dotted with mobile crowds that consistently attracted the curiosity of onlookers – and even led to some new participants. Continue reading
In our everyday movement within cities, streets provide numerous uses: as a conduit between here and there; as places of planned and sporadic interaction and as sites of opportunity for economic consumption. In this way, streets provide vital infrastructure for city vitality. Increasingly, however, streets in Toronto provide more barriers than entrances, lacking effective cycling infrastructure, suitable rights of way to engender pedestrian safety and a disproportionate affinity for the private vehicle. Against this backdrop, the City of Toronto is in the process of developing a complete streets handbook to facilitate a new approach to planning and designing its streets.
Street harassment has been covered in the media as of late, but it has been making women and transgender people feel uncomfortable in public spaces for far too long. The Street Talk Project have brought the topic of harassment to the streets with a selection of 7 artist-designed aluminum street signs. The public art intervention and gallery exhibition in Toronto addresses how women navigate the city, and the socialized sexism that governs bodies on a day-to-day basis.