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May 30, 2010
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“Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting.”
– Ondaatje

I just finished reading Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion, a novel about the process of work, descriptions of workers, city-building, public-works. It takes place in 1920s and 1930s Toronto and features immigrant labourers, sex and the Bloor Street viaduct.
I’ve been telling people it’s one of my favourite books, full of my favourites things: workers, politics, the imagining of urban spaces, art thievery.
I’d recommend it. To you.


solidarity forever.

May 1, 2010
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May Day / Jane Jacobs.

Today’s May Day, International Workers’ Day.
I spent the day in Halifax, participating in a ‘Jane’s Walk’ – a celebration of cities, this city in particular. The walk takes it’s name from the legendary Jane Jacobs – a rad, inspiring woman. In the 1960s she wrote about urban communities, planning and design in ways that are still resonant today.
[The bottom photo is of Jacobs, riding a bike].
And so we walked. And talked. And it was good.