Spacing is an award-winning magazine that explores and celebrates Toronto’s urban landscape. It’s evolved from a fearless advocate for a more livable city to an authoritative voice with influence at City Hall. The magazine’s success largely stems from the dedication and thoughtfulness of its editors, who are all urban geeks that know Toronto inside and out.

While researching my feature, Matt Blackett (publisher and one of the founding editors) and I went on walks throughout the city. Here is an excerpt from one of our conversations that took place while exploring the Annex, a “quintessential” neighbourhood in Toronto. The area was also home to Jane Jacobs, who wrote the bible of urban planning, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Check out the whole story on Spacing magazine in the Summer 2011 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

(Special thanks to Elli Stuhler for helping with photography)