Contest!

Mar 11, 2008 + ,

It's amazing how time flies. It has been one year since the book HandyMan and I wrote together, Design City Toronto, was published. And in celebration, I am giving away one copy of our book – signed by the authors! Our book ($70 value) was written for Torontonians and tourists alike, and aimed to bring awareness of the great contemporary architecture found in our city. Works by Gehry, Libeskind, Foster, and local talent KPMB and Diamond + Schmitt are featured. For a chance to win the book, leave a comment telling me what you love about your city or town!

A few simple rules:
- This contest is open to residents in Canada and the contiguous United States only
- Please comment only once. Any duplicates will be removed.
- You have until midnight EST on March 28th to leave your comment.

I will randomly select the winner from all comments
received. Please leave your email address if you don't have a blog I can reach you through. Good luck!

49 comments:

  1. I love the sunshine, and the turn of the century homes.

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  2. Marie8:59 AM

    I live in Montreal and I love its lively social life, sense of history, and architecture.

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  3. I love the weather, the diverse people, culture, being close to an international airport, a large number of organic shops and foods, more summer festivals than you can handle, dog friendly, several great micro-brews right in the city, baseball fever hits this town big-time. Not my home-town but I still love it! I live in St. Louis, MO home of the very modern for it's time Gateway Arch. We are also home to several Modern art museums too.

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  4. Ooh, I love Toronto (and architecture), so this book looks fabulous to me! I didn't realize you guys had written this. I'm impressed. Please throw my name in the hat for the giveaway. I've got my fingers crossed! -Julia K :-)

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  5. My city is Ottawa. I love the mix of culture, festivals, shopping, outdoors, history... coupled with affordable suburban living for me.. heh.

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  6. Ooh, I haven't been to St.Louis but it sounds wonderful!

    Love Ottawa katherine - especially the Byward market and the Canada day celebrations! Montreal is wonderful too Marie. Vieux Montreal is such a great area.

    Thanks for comments!

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  7. My home town of Pepperell, MA is far away enough away from the city so that there plenty of space, and yet close to work and shopping in tax-free New Hampshire. I get to visit Toronto a lot for work, so this book will be great for me!

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  8. I love the respect for "diversity" in Toronto - diverse as in all aspects - cultures, arts+design to businesses, close access to city life vs cottage, embraced technology vs nature. The space, the friendliness, the opportunites... i can go on and on and on :)

    Don't count my entry for the book, just want to share my love of my city :)

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  9. i love montreal for the people, the nightlife, and the fact that we have always something to do or go. Its either a snow and ice castle, or a jazz fest or then the just for laughs. Always something to do

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  10. A contest you say! Can I actually win something? Hey I'm in. I would love to get a copy of your book.

    I have to send you pictures of our kitchen that we renovated not even a year ago.

    Good luck with your renovations.

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  11. I live in Boise, Idaho, USA. I love the mountains nearby, the river that runs through it, the distinct seasons including hot summers and cold winters, and especially the cycling routes!

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  12. I love Toronto for its great little neighborhoods and delicious food.

    Great to see a book about this subject!

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  13. So many places I've never been... Boise, Pepperell. Sounds like I may have to plan a road trip and visit some of them :)

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  14. We live in the mountains, which we love because there is so much to do here. It's great if you like being outdoors. We also have all 4 seasons. :)

    Our area is also pretty good about arts and things too, so it's a nice place to live.

    I've always wanted to go to Canada!

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  15. What a fun give away! I live in a medium size town in the Midwest United States. The thing that makes me most proud of our town is its' preservation efforts. There are beautiful old homes, museums and many historical buildings! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  16. Oops. Just realized I forgot to tell what I like about where I live in my earlier comment. Duh.

    I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and what I love are all of the hills (after living in flat Indianapolis for years, I appreciate the diversity of hilly terrain!). It's especially beautiful around here in the Fall. -Julia

    (jknispel @ cinci.rr.com)

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  17. I live in a miniture little rural town in northeast Saskatchewan... for now. I USED to live in cities though. Anyway, what I love about my town is how peaceful it is.

    taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

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  18. I live in a small community outside of Tampa, FL. I love the small town feel with big city close by.

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  19. Huntington NY is a great town for lots of reasons: a beautiful setting on the North Shore of Long Island, the highest ratio of restaurants and bars in New York State outside of NY city, parks and museums reflecting the history of the area as a whaling port and a summer resort for families like the Vanderbilts, Huntington is also a very friendly town. It was voted one of the All-American cities in 2002 for the following reasons.

    And of course what drew us to live there in the first place, our unique house is situated in one of the prettiest parts of the town.

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  20. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia and I enjoy all the historical sites that you can visit in our area.

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  21. Ironically, I just started a series of posts about what I don't love about where I live. But if forced to be serious, I will say that I love the weather, the cultural opportunities, the bizarre sense of the surreal, the infinite opportunities for self-reinvention and the Hollywood Bowl season. And of course, my next door neighbor from Toronto.

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  22. I like living in our small (but growing) town. I've lived her all my life and it is interesting to see all of the progress being made and the old and new merging.

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  23. So many great comments folks! Its going to be really difficult to choose a winner...

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  24. I love where I live due to the unique and amazing setting. The majestic Sandia mountains which are part of the Rockies, the horizon that stretches forever with stunning vistas,the deep blue skies and abundant sunshine as well as the perfect climate. Recreation abounds and beauty and culture. Albq. NM.

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  25. Good Morning…

    I live in Oakville and I love the way this small city has been built to integrate with our beautiful natural surroundings. Situated on Lake Ontario, we are blessed with many small & large creeks and valleys that run to the lake. Housing of all sizes and prices have been organized around the parks and conservation areas. No matter where you live, a park for families and a pathway to an extensive system of trails is never more than 5 to 10 minutes walk away. I love Oakville’s small town downtown and the harbours that dot our waterfront. I love that I am equal distance from the cultural experiences of Toronto and the gritty pride of Canada’s steeltown (Hamilton)

    In other matters, I am really grateful to have discovered your blog (via Desire to Inspire).
    I look forward to more of your posts…. And your office looks great. Also, thanks for the link to the Hotel Liquidator… your blog gets a gold star for unearthing that resource…

    Thanks and best regards... David

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  26. I love the weather it stay warm most of the time.
    Theresa N.
    weceno@yahoo.com

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  27. Anonymous9:32 PM

    I love the climate there.

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  28. Anonymous9:33 PM

    i love the climate there.

    shaunwallner@yahoo.com

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  29. I love Toronto and the whole GTA (Greater Toronto Area)!! thanks for the contest yyeres at gmail dot com

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  30. Anonymous1:05 AM

    I live in colorado usa. not much cool architecture in my town, but we have the mountains! This would make a great coffee table book!

    krisandkeith at msn.com

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  31. Anonymous8:40 AM

    I live in Ottawa and what I like about it is that it is a compromise -- it is a small city with metropolitan features.

    Pej V.
    itbites@gmail.com

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  32. Anonymous9:05 AM

    So I'm new to Toronto and I love the intensity of the city from the streets to the multitude of acitivity. Now i also grew up in calgary and there I love the air, its fresh and I can see the mountains from almost everywhere in calgary - now thats design :)

    lishalovesfilm@yahoo.com

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  33. Anonymous10:19 AM

    I live in Winnipeg and one of our most cherished areas is our historic warehouse district in teh core area of downtown, complete with cobblestone streets and film-makers (yes, in Winnipeg).
    silverksunk@hotmail.com

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  34. Anonymous11:09 AM

    I would love to win this book for my cousin, he moved from Toronto to California, and stills loves the architecture of Toronto(his true home). When in town he loves to just go for a drive to take in all the beautiful sites of our city. I think this would make a great gift for him. Thanks
    d_tanner6@hotmail.com

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  35. Anonymous11:10 AM

    Presently I live in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, but I grew up in Saskatoon. In Saskaton, it's got to be the University grounds and the riverbank walks, especially in fall when the leaves are vibrant colors.

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  36. This would be a fantastic classroom library resource!

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  37. Wow... that's an awesome cover on "Design City Toronto"; which makes picking a copy up irresistable.

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  38. I live in Toronto. I love that there is so much left for me to discover... new places pop up every day and old places re-invent.

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  39. Anonymous7:45 PM

    I live in BC and this "almost" makes me want to move out east! Beautiful and magical. I would cherish a copy!

    annest@telus.net

    ps. We in Victoria, in my section of the city...well, we got NO snow :-)

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  40. I live in a small town outside of Seattle. I love the trees and rivers. We have great mountains to hike in them in the summer and ski in the winter.

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  41. I can't get enough of all the victorian-style homes in Brantford. It's like stepping back in time.

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  42. I live in the golf city of Augusta, GA. And as anyone can see on TV in a couple of weeks (during the Master's Golf Tournament), there is no prettier city in the spring... with the dogwoods, azaleas, etc. all in full bloom. Along with the Southern mansions, beautiful river and lakes, and rich history, I love this city!

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  43. Anonymous10:46 PM

    I live in small town Ontario.For a city person the peace and pastoral tranquility is something to be treasured.

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  44. We live about an hour outside of Toronto in a smaller city, but we still regard Toronto as our own and are there every chance we get. We would love to have a copy of your book to remind us of the great urban spaces in our home away from home.

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  45. I love north bay because of it's friendly people and the great fishing on Lake Nippissing.

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  46. Anonymous4:01 PM

    It is the people that make the place and winnipeggers are great!

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  47. I love Toronto for its cultural diversity - where else but in Toronto are we able to tour the world through our tastebuds?

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  48. The TTC! People complain about it, but I still like it: it affords a great cross-section of T.O.'s neighbourhoods, especially by streetcar; it's relatively quick (snow storms not withstanding) and it's cheap & green compared to a car; I also get genuine reading time during my morning and evening commutes!

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  49. I would love to win this book!

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