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35 Years Without the Spadina Expressway

May 29, 2006
by Canadian Architect

As part of the City of Toronto’s inaugural Humanitas Festival, a celebration of Toronto’s rich history, Spacing magazine proudly presents 35 Years Without the Spadina Expressway. This event will remember and honour the important work of community members in saving the city and our neighbourhoods from the perils of superhighways. 35 Years Without the Spadina Expressway will bring together politicians and community activists that played crucial roles in one of the most seminal events to have shaped Toronto. With the recent passing of Jane Jacobs, this event will allow the public and community members to come out and celebrate her greatest and most lasting contribution to Toronto.

On June 3rd, 1971, Premier Bill Davis cancelled the Spadina Expressway and said: “If we are building a transportation system to serve the automobile, the Spadina Expressway would be a good place to start. But if we are building a transportation system to serve people, the Spadina Expressway is a good place to stop.” Join us for some stories and a few speeches on Friday, June 2nd, 2006 from 5:00-7:30pm on the south lawn of the Spadina Museum located at 285 Spadina Road, an architectural gem that would have been destroyed by the expressway’s construction.

The event will be hosted by Matthew Blackett, Spacing publisher, and speakers include: Adam Vaughan of CityTV, son of journalist and Stop Spadina activist Colin and Nettie Vaughan; and David and Nadine Nowlan of Stop Spadina and authors of The Bad Trip.

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