Out of the blue, here are some of my favourite Toronto blogs that help understand and enjoy my adoptive city:
- Spacing Wire: Part of Spacing, an independent urban-policy publication that is quite possibly the best magazine I’ve ever read, on any topic: Insightful, propositive, and a labour of love; it’s impossible to read it and not love Toronto right away. The only drawback is that there’s just one issue every
sixfour months (thanks Matt) – Spacing Wire and the photoblog Spacing Photos fill the gap the rest of the year. By the way, the newest edition of Spacing should be on newsstands starting today.
- Toronto Before: Compare archival pictures of Toronto with recent shoots from the same locations. An eye opener.
- Illegal Signs: A blog that hopefully will keep on going until every illegal marketing sign is taken away from the streets of Toronto.
- Torontoist: Cultural events and policy news. It’s not always on topic, but it’s still fun so it doesn’t really matter.
- Daily dose of imagery: Another cool photoblog, usually about Toronto, with an eye for both the grandiose and the nitty gritty details.
This is a complex city; full of quirks and surprises to discover beyond the tiresome homogeneity of the franchises and highways prevalent in North America. It’s a bit difficult to explore these hidden angles of Toronto by oneself, so it’s great to have these blogs as tour guides.
(Photos from Toronto Before)