Toronto Public Space Committee
As a grassroots organization, the TPSC is financed almost entirely on
donations, as well as various contributions in kind from its members, such as seedsand gardening tools. The TPSC uses a model of consensus decision-makingat its monthly open meetings. The structure of the organization is currently undergoing a re-evaluation by its members.
In 2005, TPSC was called Toronto's Best Activist Group by the local "Now" magazine. [ [http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2005-10-27/cover_story18.php NOW Magazine - Newsfront in Toronto, OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 2, 2005 ] ]
The TPSC is consistently involved in local
Toronto City Councilaffairs affecting city space. In recent years, the committee has formed various campaigns that aim to educate and lobby citizens, bureaucrats and politicians on matters such as anti-postering bylaws, tree protection, mobile (or truck) advertising, TTC subway video ads, and billboard variances.
Other campaigns the TPSC spearheads are less political, but stay true to public-space advocacy. The committee hosts
guerrilla gardeningoutings in the spring and summer; growing native plantsand flowersin small crevices and decrepit planters in downtown streets. In 2005, the TPSC's Downtown De-Fence Project won a Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Award. [ [http://www.toronto.ca/cleanandbeautiful/2005_awards.htm Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Awards 2005 ] ]
"See main article:
Spacing, a 3-times-yearly magazine focusing on issues affecting Toronto's public realm, was originally published by the TPSC in house until it was spun-off as a wholly independent magazine after the first issue. The two organizations support each other on occasion.
* [http://www.publicspace.ca/ Toronto Public Space Committee]
* [http://eye.net/eye/issue/issue_11.17.05/features/tpsc.html Space Cadets (eye weekly article)]
* [http://www.beautification.ca/ City Beautification Ensemble]
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