Have you ever noticed that all the windows on our City Hall towers face inward? Nine hundred and sixty windows looking at each other, and zero facing outwards. This can serve as a metaphor for the state of public engagement in Toronto. Many citizens feel that their voices aren’t heard at City Hall, and many don’t even know when, where or how to interact with the democratic process.
I’ve been putting together an exhibit for the UrbanSpace Gallery that explores this topic, working with researcher Hilary Best and designer Adam Zinzan-Harris. We’ve got a neat little show, and some concrete ideas about how to make City Hall more accessible, inviting and participatory.
We’re excited to announce the launch event, on October 25th! Does that date sound familiar? It should – it’s exactly one year since our 2010 election. We hope you can make it! If not, the exhibit will be open for all of November & December so drop by anytime.