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Your life on a map — a Toronto cartographer turned artist is doing it

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Metro Toronto: An impossible map hangs on Andrew Alfred-Duggan’s wall. From a distance, it’s familiar, the colour and markings akin to your standard city map. But if the scale is to be believed, Toronto’s Union Station is a stop away from Paris’ Abbesses metro station and Collingwood looks out over Palmerston Island, a coral atoll in the midst of the …

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How Trump Has Taken Away Our Homes

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The New York Times, By MASHA GESSEN and MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: We wrote this together because we have a few things in common. Some are obvious: Both of us came to the United States as teenagers fleeing Communist regimes; both of us are queer. We are also both moved alternately to tears and to rage by the actions of the new …

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8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

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PPS: The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings. Nowhere is this dichotomy more apparent than in the Syria region, where humanitarians have been forced to adapt their programs since the start …

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Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

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NY Times: Just over half of America, having voted for Hillary Clinton, awoke the next morning to a country that seems not only unfamiliar but upside-down. Populists embrace a celebrity billionaire, evangelicals welcome a foul-mouthed Lothario, conservatives accept an opportunist whose only ideological commitment is to himself. The Republican establishment proves helpless against the hijacking of the party, the mainstream …

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Brilliant! Pristine! Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!

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The New York Times: Any advertising campaign needs a good slogan, and if the client is a national tourism board, the trick is to encapsulate a country’s wonders and charms in just a few words. Some manage it better than others. The English-language tourism slogans of more than 150 countries have been compiled by FamilyBreakFinder, a travel website, and the approaches …

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global

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Project for Public Spaces: The placemaking movement in 2016 continued its trajectory from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities. Bubbling up from every corner of the world and every sector, discipline, and cause, the placemaking movement demonstrated its capacity to provide the common ground between disparate partners necessary to implement the recently …

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The Importance of Placemaking and Unlocking Community Capital

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Sononews.com: In Europe and North America, millions of citizens are moving back to cities and denser urban areas. These interconnected networks have served as hubs of innovation for centuries, providing our societies with the best opportunities to succeed, leading to the creation of the world’s most innovative products, companies, and people. With the rapid growth and production of the automobile …

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Urbanization and the urban sprawl are threatening to make small towns even smaller—and tourists’ nostalgia may be their savior

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Quartz: The streets of Woodstock, Vermont felt like a movie set when I stepped out of my car. It looked as if any minute someone would shout “action!” and actors would appear in the windows of the ornate brick buildings to sing a jubilant theme song. It was lunchtime in July. People were popping in and out of F.H. Gillingham & Sons …

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Talking Jane Jacobs and Urban Planning with Citizen Jane director

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Don’t call “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” a biopic. Matt Tyrnauer’s fleetly paced but exhaustive documentary, having its world premiere at the Hot Docs Cinema today, isn’t concerned with the life of the journalist, self-trained urban planner, and long-time Toronto resident so much as the life of the key idea she brought into the world: that cities like New …

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Geocaching in NYU Local

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When I first heard of geocaching, it was described to me as a “treasure hunt for adults.” Being an avid fan of treasure and scavenger hunts as a kid, I downloaded a free geocaching app and went to find my first cache in Central Park.The basic rules of geocaching are pretty simple. Each quest is ranked by difficulty, terrain, and size, …