Written by Dylan Reid
Published in Spacing Toronto
It was great to see 200 talented young people in their twenties and thirties gathered together to talk about public space. Earlier this month, I was invited to attend CivicAction‘s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) annual studio. CivicAction had polled their network about what subject they’d like to focus on, and the overwhelming answer had been public space.
Before breaking out into working groups to discuss specific topics, the group listened to a panel discussion that brought together local leaders on public space issues from different constituencies. Moderator Hamutal Dotan (formerly editor of Torontoist and now editor of the Globe and Mail‘s Focus section) at one point did a lightning round, asking each panelist to answer in 20 seconds how to make public space better.