What is public space? What is private space?
Although the lines can be a little blurry, in my opinion, private space is owned by a company or organization although it could also be open to the public. Public space is for the people, for the masses. That means that public sites like parks should be easily accessible by the public and benefit them too. But that doesn’t mean humans can do as they please. There’s a fine line between public space and private space. And I think people in general are better at respecting private space than they are with public places.
Why is it important?
Life isn’t just about getting from one place to another. True, living in the city means people are constantly on the go. And most individuals travel through public spaces without realizing it. It’s important to take the time to appreciate what’s around us because we spend a great deal of time in motion, hurrying to our next class or rushing to catch a bus. But we still spend countless hours in one place. And does our environment contribute to our quality of life? You bet it does.
What about interior spaces?
I argue most of us spend a large portion of our day inside. Inside a classroom, inside an office, inside a building of some sort. So although outdoor public spaces such as beaches are great, there needs to be a greater emphasis on improving indoor spaces. Besides, have you experienced the weather in Toronto?
How can we make the city better?
Whether it’s public or private, I think improvement starts with us. The people who use the space. Oftentimes we encounter rude people that ruin our experience at the library, at the beach, etc. On the TTC, for example, I don’t know why some individuals think it’s okay to have their feet on another seat. It’s equally frustrating when someone takes up multiple seats during rush hour even while other riders are looking to sit down. Regardless of whether it’s rush hour or not, I still think a little courtesy for others goes a long way.
Where do we go from here?
I can’t predict the future, but I look forward to seeing what Toronto does next for public and private spaces. I think the city and the people in it will continue to make me proud.