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Dundas Square, Toronto, 2018[open in full screen]  

 
 

This is third attemt to present to this audience this square. Initially, in 2005, I was somewhat inpressed with first instance in Toronto of converting ugly street corner to the exciting urban square.

Back then I desribed Dundas Square as "a hybrid between real human energy and the energy of the cyber world". If that was true then my next recorded visit in 2013 had even more scarry.

  In 2013 there were even more buildings around, they are taller and with more surface for advertisement. Impression is so overwhelming, for average person – not looking to the ground and somewhat calming sound and movement of the water fountains – it is unbearable.

I had a feeling that beside concerts, festivites of all kinds and occassional tourists noone is actually using square itself.

  I was thinking that waiting few years will help this square mature, few years are nothing in the life of a city. Here we are, end of 2018. Square is worst then ever, space is totally dehumanized, among company of 357 squares collected on this website it deserves one of the very last positions. Just observe day or night, how busy, almost overcrowded are sidewalks across the street, on the other side. That is where we are today, we'll se what will happen in the future.

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