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Connexions Library

The Canadian City
Gerecke, Kent
Based on the belief that a healthy city life is possible, this volume collects articles, stories and histories about the city and its people, covering aspects such as human and social relations, art a...
Challenging McWorld
Clarke, Tony; Dopp, Sarah
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
Continuous Excursions: Politics and Personal Life
Colman, Marshall
Colman looks at the idea that 'the personal is political'. He looks at personal life in pre-capitalist societies, the nature of politics and social relations, patriarchy and sexual relations, intimacy...
Guerrilla gardening: Connexipedia Article
Political gardening, a form of direct action, primarily practiced by environmentalists.
Kavita Krishnan: 'Women's Liberation, Everyone's Liberation'
Krishnan, Kavita
Kavita Krishnan, a socialist organizer and a well-known international spokesperson for the movement against sexual violence in India, speaks on sexual violence, everyday sexism, protest, solidarity, a...
Museums, Art and the Rackets: Against The Current vol. 121
Rabinowitz, Paula
In the late 1990s when it appeared that the laws of capitalism had been suspended temporarily and wealth could be accrued purely on speculation, the New York Times began an annual full-section report ...
Privatizing the Public Realm
Kressel, Shirley
Public spaces are the arenas where the collective, common life which defines us as a society is acted out, and where we come into contact with those who are like and those who are different from ourse...
Reclaiming the Commons
Bollier, David
Why we need to protect our public resources from private encroachment.
spacing: whose space is public space?
Public space is at the heart of democracy. It's where people interact, teach, learn, participate, and protest. Spacing covers the numerous political, cultural, and social issues affecting our lives in...
The Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk; Elizabeth, Speck, Jeff
The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces, isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighbourhoods, organized into mutually support...
Towns for People
Worpole, Ken
Examines the pressures, lifestyle changes, and social factors that contributed to the decline in urban public life in the late 20th century.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites
The site of a team of volunteers who fight illegal billboards in Toronto. They say:" Half the billboards in Toronto are illegal # help us bring the vast, unlawful privatization of our public visual en...
Media Education Foundation
Analyzing worldwide trends in media ownership, commercial content, and the media element of commercial globalization's encroachment on and redefinition of public space.

Sources Library

The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.

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Toronto Public Space Committee
Organization profile published 2007
We are dedicated to protecting our shared common spaces from commercial influence and privatisation.