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Spacing Votes goes live


Spacing magazine is launching a new website for the upcoming municipal elections and it is off to a great start:

Spacing Votes will be a hub of news and analysis on a variety of urban landscape topics leading up to the Nov. 13 vote. We have assembled a team of 13 young writers and urban thinkers to spread out across the city and discover what residents and candidates want to happen at City Hall. Also on our team is John Lorinc, the award-winning urban affairs journalist (Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Report On Business, Walrus) who will provide commentary on the events that will shape the election.

I'm one of the "young writers and urban thinkers" (AKA interns) at the blog and I am really excited about it. The rest of the team is great and there are a lot of interesting ideas going around. So between blogTO and Spacing Votes, you should be getting your fill of election coverage (and me) -- whether you like it or not.

Coinciding with the launch of the Votes blog is the release of their newest issue which asks "what king of city do you want?" and aims to "reshape City Hall's agenda."

The release of the seventh Spacing is our most ambitious to date -- we look back over three years and examine the success and failures of the 2003-2006 city council. We outline the 10 most important public space issues Toronto faces so that our politicians will wake up to a number of urgent matters: our dwindling urban forest; the spectre of Peak Oil and how the city is dealing with smog; how Toronto is mismanaging development putting unnecessary strains on our neighbourhoods; how the city is selling its infrastructure and getting very little in return; and 45 Things To Do for the next city council.

As usual, they will be throwing a launch party at The Gladstone. For this issue the party will be on Thursday, September 28th. It costs $8 for admission and a copy of the magazine.


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