westqueenwest.ca was built for the West Queen West BIA (Business Improvement Area). BIAs are associations of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who work in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses.

Toronto’s BIAs play an important role in urban development, and are responsible for defining commercial districts, adding to thier character by commissioning public murals, banners and street signs, benches, and much more.

In 1967 the Bloor-Danforth subway line was completed and shoppers who formerly traveled along the surface on Bloor Street in streetcars began disappearing underground. In response business owners banded together to legislate the creation of a levy-based organization dedicated to revitalizing thier neighbourhood, and by 1970 Bloor West Village was. You can find out more about Toronto’s 65 BIAs on the TABIA website.

This is a Drupal 5 site built around a business listings model. It incorporates a lot of custom content types, including press clippings, photos, photo galleries, news, and events. Other features include HTML email newsletter subscriptions and delivery, advertisement management.

The site was a lot of development work and I did some new, more advanced coding here. In the end, I wish I’d had more time to spend on the design, but in the end, the functionality of the CMS is leagues ahead of their old site, archived here.

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This is the blog of Andrew Mallis, a Toronto-born, San Francisco-based polymedia artist. I work in new(er) media with code, photography and electronics, and in traditional media by writing, drawing & painting.