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St. James Town Plaza, Toronto, 2020[open in full screen VR version of this square]  

 
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This is one quite unusual space. I am including this plaza in my collection of public squares because it is an excellent example of organic urbanism??! It is located in the south side of the so called St. James Town, community in central Toronto.

This is most diverse and most densely populated community in Toronto, in Canada and in the whole North America. Much more details in our psychogeography walk trough Little Filipino Town, my preferred name for this area.

  On the edge near the south bordering Wellesley Street East there was obviously a need for the public gathering space so it was organically created in front of the largest supermarket, for quite good reason. It is frequented by largest number of people.

Numerous ethnically diverse stands selling goods for the needs of the inhabitants: clothes, bicycle parts, fresh food, various electronic components and several others revealing content on really close inspection.

Whole St. James Town is a maze of crisscrossed paths and small roads for the access to the surrounding high rise buildings.

  Here and there it is visible that attempt was made to include greenery and children playgrounds, even some public art to make space friendlier and less neglected.

Information that work on the improvement of the free space between built infrastructure is posted [since 2017?!] and that will probably include redesign of this "plaza". For now it is showing strong signs that social urban square is needed and that this existing one is very popular.

Dashed line on our map above are boundaries of the Little Filipino Town, between Parliament, Wellesly and Sherbourne Streets.

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