For the love of parking: How sitting in a parked car can teach you about the city’s priorities

“I’ve wasted my life.” Caption and photo of a dog waiting in a parked car above by Claudia Calabro.

For the love of parking: How sitting in a parked car can teach you about the city’s priorities

Story and photos by Albert Koehl

You can learn a lot about a city’s priorities when you sit in a parked car.

I recently spent a work day doing just that—first on a downtown street, then a pleasant residential road, and finally, two store parking lots. I wanted to figure out why city councillors routinely champion the cause of parked cars over the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

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Should the Jarvis bike lanes be re-installed?

Photo of the bike lane on Jarvis being removed by Charlie Randall

Should the Jarvis bike lanes be re-installed?

Story by Amanda Lewis, Photos by Jenna Campbell

 The surface of Jarvis Street has eroded to the point where the white markers of the formerly designated bike lanes have begun to emerge. The spectre of the Jarvis bike lanes is also arising in the media leading up to the municipal election in October 2014. Here’s why Jarvis still matters.

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Copenhagen: Where bikes outnumber people

Copenhagen: Where bikes outnumber people

Guest blog by Mads Phikamphon

When you think of the city of Copenhagen, you might very well think about bikes. Because unlike most cities, our city is full of bikes.

According to the infographic below from the Danish website Cykelvalg.dk there are more bikes than people in Copenhagen, and five times as many bikes as there are cars.

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Troy Lovegates rolls through Toronto and leaves his mark

Local business arranged to have world-renowned graffiti artist Troy Lovegates create a mural on a prominent wall in Parkdale.

Bombing for beautification:

Famous graffiti artist comes home to make murals

By Tammy Thorne

Troy Lovegates aka “Other” was born in Toronto but calls San Francisco his home base these days where he enjoys a hilly 32-km bike commute to and from his studio. But he’s most at home travelling the world, painting on big walls and other public structures.

This summer, the well known artist is back in Toronto and back in the news. He’s part of a trio suing Terry Gilliam for using their art without permission in his latest film. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news: “Three street artists of some renown have filed a lawsuit over Terry Gilliam’s forthcoming film, The Zero Theorem, starring Matt Damon…” The artists allege that the movie — about a computer hacker in search of meaning — violates the copyright they hold on a large-scale mural titled Castillo on public display in Buenos Aires: and it looks like they have a pretty strong case.

Troy Lovegates knows what it feels like to be a wanted man. Business owners and marketing gurus (and also Terry Gilliam, apparently) want what he’s got. In Parkdale – Toronto’s down-and-out turned up-and-coming west end neighbourhood success story – he’s recently done a couple of eye catching wall murals.

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Q&A with Ice Ride organizer Natalie Caine: Ice Ride Toronto is Oct. 4

Photo provided by Natalie Caine

Q&A with Natalie Caine, Arctic campaign organizer for Ice Ride Toronto

The ICE RIDE takes place across Canada on Saturday, Oct.4

by Jenna Campbell

“What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic.”

Pre-ride activities begin at noon at Greenpeace Garden at 33 Cecil Street. The convoy will depart at 1 p.m. and stop at various “climate change landmarks” across the city. The tour is inclusive to all ages and levels of ability.

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