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Spotted: A Mural Celebrating Peace, Teamwork, and The Esplanade

Neighbourhood comes together to beautify a basketball court destroyed by a police chase.

SPOTTED BY: Instagram user js_toronto

WHERE: The Esplanade Basketball Court (Berkeley Street)

WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m.

WHAT: A mural—organized by non-profit Jamii and painted by 16 local youths under the guidance of artists Elisa (Shalak Attack) Monreal and Julian Periquet—that celebrates the strength, resilience, and creativity of the local community. In July 2013, a police cruiser pursued a suspect onto the basketball court at David Crombie Park, tearing up the tiles that, along with the court itself, had been funded through a gift from Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment. MLSE restored the court (this time without tiles), but a cement wall on one side remained blank and undistinguished—so Jamii reached out to others in the neighbourhood and created a work of art that reflects its “core values of love, peace, diversity, nature and teamwork.”

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Public Works: Turning Apartment Towers Into Close-Knit Communities

A building planned for Antwerp, Belgium, will provide high-rise–dwellers with tons of shared space and readymade neighbourhoods.

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them.

Rendering courtesy of C.F. Møller & Brut.

When you live in a big urban apartment building, it can sometimes feel as if you must be the last living cell in a dead organism. While you know it stands to reason that there are dozens of individuals living beside, above, and below you, they never pass you in the hall, never meet you in the lobby, never knock at your door—and you find yourself wondering whether you really have neighbours at all or whether you are in fact in isolation, somehow, against all odds, in a hundred-unit tower, in a 3-million person city, all alone and unnoticed in a bleak urban cliché, and maybe it would make sense to start ordering pizzas when you aren’t hungry because at least there’d be some fleeting sort of human contact with the delivery kid, and the piles of boxes would make your place seem a little fuller.

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Newsstand: July 22, 2014

Happy birthday, Prince George. Here's to another year of bashing other kids on the head at playgroup as the most popular member of the Royal family. In the news: a company challenges the City’s private parking ban, Scarborough residents unite against a TTC bus garage, the Toronto Time Bank offers helping hands, and the Canada Revenue Agency targets PEN Canada.

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Weekend Newsstand: July 19, 2014

Apparently Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has expressed interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. Because nothing says “Toronto!” like Bon Jovi and the NFL. In the news: A 24-year-old Ajax man was among the passengers of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, David Soknacki wants to make early-morning commuting free, a crackdown on leash-free dog walking, and a new Ford enters politics.