The Ryerson City Building Institute has released its analysis of the devastating impact that high property taxes are having on small and independent businesses in the downtown core. Sub-titled “Can Toronto Retail Main Streets Survive?” it shows how the downtown is being eviscerated from its small businesses and how jobs are lost.
The report is also a photo exposition at Urban Space Gallery at 401 Richmond Street West (at Spadina). What could be a dry statistical comparative analysis, is actually an engaging display of the challenges faced and asks the question about how lively do we want our streets to be.
Anthropocene dramatically illustrates how we, individually and collectively, are leaving a human signature on our world. World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including larg-scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see.
The artists travelled to countries on every continent, save Antarctica, documenting irreversible marks of human activity. Informed by scientific research, powered by aesthetic vision, inspired by a desire to bear witness, they reveal the scale and gravity of our impact on the planet.