From Nathan Phillips to Tiananmen to Tahrir, people are talking about how plazas, squares, and other public spaces are good for democracy. George Hunka reviews the work of Dr. Tali Hatuka on the influence of urban design on civil protest. [EurekAlert!]; Mohamed Elshahed says Tahrir + Twitter = Revolution in Social Media, Public Spaces. [Places, h/t Mark Jull]; and John Allemang examines the exponential power of public spaces. [Globe and Mail] .
Relax, there’s nothing wrong with your short-term memory. Pizza Gigi really has reopened. Gizelle Lau finds Sammy Crimi back at work at the ovens this week. [Toronto Life]
Playgrounds for grown-ups. Leah Sandals explores the installation of outdoor gyms in Julius Deutsch Park (formerly Cecil Street Parkette) and Sally Bird Park. [OpenFile]
The Bloor-Annex BIA intends to take away your right to free speech. Lindsay Tsuji exposes the BIA’s disturbing and unilateral decision to prevent postering on Bloor Street West with decorative pole covers that resist tape, glue and staples. [Annex Gleaner] and Jake Tobin Garrett, in celebrating Toronto’s messy urbanism, says mess is in the eye of the beholder. [Torontoist]
Skirt opens at 476 Bloor Street West. Bert Archer takes a look at the new tenant in All Things Tea’s old space. [Yonge Street]
Get your Paul Bunyon on. Justin Skinner says the College and Manning Backyard Axe-Throwing League is looking for members. Really. [InsideToronto.com]
More indie coffee. Jason Rehel profiles Hub Coffee House and Locavorium at 1028 Shaw Street, near Christie Pits. [National Post]
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