Tag Archives: New York

Bringing Vibrant Public Space to the ‘Burbs


By Jason Neudorf

In Part I of this series, I suggested that many of the vibrant downtowns in North America are great places to raise families – or they would be if families could afford them.  Unfortunately, the very limited supply of housing that can reasonably be described as urban means that a lot of Millennials will be destined for the leafy frontiers of suburbia.  That is, unless housing markets are able to respond in a powerful way to increase the supply of urban housing.  There are many signs that this response is beginning to gain momentum, and the cities that foster growth in the supply of urban housing will be well poised to attract the talent and investment necessary for success in the 21st century. Continue reading

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 community engagement through creative reuse of space and public art installations from giant pillows in Vancouver to art in odd places in New York City (plus a cool infographic for good measure). Continue reading

The Aesthetics of Juxtaposition

By Jake Tobin Garrett

As the days begin to get warmer, I am looking forward to spending some time at Sugar Beach, one of the newer waterfront public spaces that is part of Waterfront Toronto’s ambitious revitalization of the Toronto’s shoreline. The beach owes its name to Redpath Sugar, a still working piece of Toronto’s industrial past that remains adjacent to the park.

It’s not unusual to see a huge ship carrying thousands of tonnes of raw Brazilian sugar docked at the refinery, unloading its burnt-yellow cargo with cranes that send metallic clangs over the water. I love watching the workers who in turn gaze over the railing of the ship at the people lounging under Sugar Beach’s bubblegum pink umbrellas. It must be an uncommon sight to these workers to be able to stare at sunbathers and kids playing in water fountains while they do their work; but then again, it’s uncommon for a public space like Sugar Beach to share such close proximity to working industry.

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