Dupont area massage parlour was closed and redeveloped it as an art gallery. The massage business hired sex workers, advertised aggressively and attracted men city-wide seeking its services. The unit was involved a criminal territory disputes with several armed break-ins, making the area more unsafe.
Closing the space was made possible by working with the city councillor, neighbours and undercover police. The closing generated lively discussion regarding prostitution – for and against – and safety for sex workers. In response, the project Standing On The Corner, was initiated as a way to better understand concerns, experience and issues of safety for sex workers.
The closed space was reopened as The Massage Gallery
The University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design and the Department of Geography was invited to create urban planning and architectural ideas for the Dupont West and Lansdowne neighbourhood. They created, Blind Spot: urban design ideas based in the Dupont/Bloor West neighbourhood.
University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design and the Department of Geography present an exhibition of projects that re-imagine parts of the Dupont/Bloor West neighbourhood.
Exhibiting Participants: Abbie Kar, Ajith Karunasena, Amy Roots, David Markham, Eric Eidlin, Hao Zhang,Limin Fang, Lu Sun, Lyn Northey, Nasim Adab, Patrick Kniss, Waifeng Chen, Wilma Kwan, Ziad Haddad
Instructors: Chris Hardwicke, Mark Sterling and Paul Hess
The exhibition included concept plans for the adjacent railway intersection and presented drawings exploring an overpass, trench and tunnel.
The opening of Bind Spot was timed to be a feature of the 2004 Dupont West Festival with JTAC and others. Festival events were located at: 1444 Dupont, Dupont Projects and the Massage Gallery) and Perth Park and Campbell Park.