Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Creative storefront use (mural)

1042 W. Queens West, Toronto
1042 W. Queen West, Toronto, mural
Photo by Kayla Rocca and Jacob Rutka.

The Grid is a weekly alternative newspaper in Toronto published by the Toronto Star. Lately they have been running a feature on vacant properties. This piece, "Know Vacancy: 1040-1042 Queen St. W.," discusses a couple properties in the West Queen West area. It turns out that the building with the mural has been vacant for a number of decades, but the owner allowed murals to be painted on the storefront, as a complementary activity supporting the photography gallery next door.

Interestingly, area photographer Kevin Steele has been taking photos of these properties over the years, and he has a slide show of some of those photos on Flickr.

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