Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (Google eBook)

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Coach House Books, May 1, 2010 - HISTORY - 312 pages
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What is the 'Toronto look'? Glass skyscrapers rise beside Victorian homes, and Brutalist apartment buildings often mark the edge of leafy ravines, creating a city of contrasts whose architectural look can only be defined by telling the story of how it came together and how it works, today, as an imperfect machine.Shawn Micallef has been examining Toronto's streetscapes for a decade. His psychogeographic reportages, some of which have been featured in EYE WEEKLY and Spacing magazine, situate Toronto's buildings and streets in living, breathing detail, and tell us about the people who use them; the ways, intended or otherwise, that they are being used; and how they are evolving.Stroll celebrates Toronto's details some subtle, others grand at the speed of walking and, in so doing, helps us to better get to know its many neighbourhoods, taking us from well-known spots like the CN Tower and Pearson Airport to the overlooked corners of Scarborough and all the way to the end of the Leslie Street Spit in Lake Ontario.Stroll features thirty-two walks, a fl'neur manifesto, a foreword by architecture critic John Bentley Mays and dozens of hand-drawn maps by Marlena Zuber.'Shawn Micallef looks at the city in a way we all should more often he sees it as a living book that is alive with stories just waiting to be told to the attentive observer. In Stroll, he gives us an introduction to just how interesting and surprisingly dramatic those stories are, and how exciting our city is when we hear them.' David Crombie, former mayor of Toronto'A smart and intimate guide to the city that makes you feel like an insider from start to finish.' Douglas CouplandStroll is co-published with EYE WEEKLY.

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User Review  - timtom - LibraryThing

Do you love Toronto and walking, sorry, strolling? Or hate Toronto but don't mind getting your feet dirty? Or can't imagine walking further than the nearest coffee shop in this city you can't help but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeramey - Goodreads

I learned a lot about Toronto (read on the way to visit for my first time) in this unique storytelling structure. The author does a great job of taking what could be boring (walk routes) and injecting the quirky, unique things that make cities great and using colorful language to describe them. Read full review


Nathan Phillips Square and the PATH System
Metro Central YMCA
Dundas Street
Alderwood and Lake Shore Boulevard
Dupont Street
St Clair Avenue
The Sheppard Line
KingstonGalloway and Guildwood Yillage
Thorncliffe Flemingdon Park and Don Mills
Castle Frank and the Brick Works

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About the author (2010)

Shawn Micallef is a senior editor at Spacing magazine (; a co-founder of [murmur], the location-based mobile-phone documentary project (; and a columnist for Eye Weekly. He writes about cities, culture, buildings, art and politics for a variety of media outlets, and he is also an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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