NOW Magazine - June 7, 2007
City 'crats flip at pancake event
As a bike advocate with a reputation for telling it like it is, Michael Louis Johnson says he just couldn't let Ontario Power Generation (OPG) "hijack" last week's Bike Week group commute and pancake breakfast at Nathan Phillips Square.
City News - May 28, 2007
Kensington Market: Pedestrian Sundays
Often portrayed as a romantic liberator, allowing us to whimsically escape everyday drudgeries and explore new literal and figurative roads, the car has come to symbolize something much more oppressive in the big city environment..
The Annex Guardian - April 12, 2007
Pedestrian movement afoot in more neighbourhoods
An idea that was born on the streets of Kensington Market will soon be expanding to some of its northern neighbours.
Pedestrian Sundays, where the streets are closed to vehicular traffic for regular festivals, will be starting up in Mirvish Village and Baldwin Village this summer.
The Coast (Halifax) - February 8, 2007
Making Great Streets Conference re-imagines what could be possible on Quinpool. Or Spring Garden. Or anywhere.
Pritchard says [Streets are for People] is an inspiration to their cause: "They're actually doing something to make a difference on the street, as opposed to just talking about it. They are able to take over the streets in a playful, humorous and creative way."
NOW Magazine - September 28, 2006
A tale of two street parties
Activist fete full of invention, while stale city bash stalls on Dundas
It saddens me to think that the Starbucks cappuccino giveaway the day before created a far greater buzz in Yonge-Dundas Square than the city's underwhelming Car Free Day fest.
Scene change: same day, same time, Queen West. Using laws designating bicycles as road-bound vehicles, Streets Are for People activists host parking meter parties. Replacing Buicks with blankets in a half dozen "squatted" parking spots along the street, they deposit the requisite $1.50 in the slot and place the printed stub on the "dash" of parked bikes.
Globe and Mail - September 25, 2006
Anti-car activists leave city's efforts in the dust
The car, argues Michael Louis Johnson, a member of the local activist group Streets Are for People! who wears a fedora and a grey beard, is "a vehicle propelled by violence."
"Not just to get the oil and stuff," he said on last Friday's International Car Free Day. "It's a vehicle propelled by thousands of tiny little explosions."
NOW Magazine - September 14, 2006
Dude, don't tow our art!
Copper blows off locals and has Kensington green machine hauled
Augusta avenue is buzzing. the garden got towed! How do you tow a garden? Well, it's a little easier when it's planted in a car.
Since the end of June, there's been one less parking space in Kensington Market.
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