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2005 07 08
Iconographies of the City
Sometimes in a complex, 21st-century city, government, and in turn the public realm, end up with symbols that are at odds with what people want. Toronto's recent test of the oversized, advertising driven garbage bins (see this previous entry: Link) or the launch of a new city brand are examples. Public/private alliances can work and our public spaces and civic identity can be enhanced as a result - the new bus shelters are a success story. But such alliances have to be managed with care. If they aren't we may end up with public symbols that are generally recognized as - well - exactly what they are.
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