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Dream States

By John Lorinc
Categories: Social Science

A look at 21st-century city-building. Is the utopian “smart city” within our grasp?

The promise of the so-called smart city has been at the forefront of urban planning and development since the early ...

House Divided

A citizen's guide to making the big city a place where we can afford to live.
Housing is increasingly unattainable in successful global cities, and Toronto is no exception - in part because of zoning ...

A Matter of Taste

How farmer's markets and organic produce became synonymous with "good food" and why they shouldn't be.

How did farmer's markets, nose-to-tail, locavorism, organic eating, CSAs, whole foods, and Whole ...

No Place To Go

By Lezlie Lowe
Categories: Social Science

This book is Number One in addressing the politics of where we're allowed to "go" in public.

Adults don't talk about the business of doing our business. We work on one assumption: the world of public ...

Haircuts by Children and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract

A cultural planner's immodest proposal: change how we think about children and we just might change the world.

We live in an ‘adultitarian’ state, where the rules are based on very adult priori- ties ...

Subdivided

How do we build cities where we aren't just living within the same urban space, but living together?

Greater Toronto is now home to a larger proportion of foreign-born residents than any other major global ...

The Ward

The story of the growth and destruction of Toronto's first 'priority neighbourhood. '

From the 1840s until the Second World War, waves of newcomers who migrated to Toronto – Irish, Jewish, Italian, African ...

Some Great Idea

By Edward Keenan
Categories: Social Science

Since 2010, Toronto's headlines have been consumed by the outrageous personal foibles and government-slashing, anti-urbanist policies of Mayor Rob Ford. But the heated debate at City Hall has obscured ...

GreenTOpia

More trees. Hydrogen-fuelled cabs. Urbiology. A new model of taxation. Solar panels on big-box stores. The art of salvage. Composters for dog poo in city parks. Retrofitting our urban slabs. Gardening ...

The State of the Arts

Edited by Alana Wilcox & Christina Palassio
Categories: Social Science
Series: uTOpia

City Hall proclaimed 2006 the Year of Creativity. 'Live With Culture' banners flap over the city. And across the city, donors are ponying up millions for the ROM and the AGO. Culture's never had it so ...