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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, ...

The Trouble with Brunch

One of the Globe and Mail's Globe 100: Best Books of 2014

Every weekend, in cities around the world, bleary-eyed diners wait in line to be served overpriced, increasingly outré food by hungover waitstaff. ...

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 ...

Five Good Ideas

Non-profits are big business. According to a recent Johns Hopkins report, third-sector institutions in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Japan, the U.S. and Canada have been growing at an average rate that ...

Local Motion

Decisions about the things that matter most on a daily basis – our roads and schools and houses – happen at the city level. So, how do we influence these decisions? What motivates ordinary citizens ...

Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture

What if there is no ‘space,’ only a permanent, slow-motion mystic takeover, an implausibly careening awning? Nothing is utopian. Everything wants to be. Soft Architects face the reaching middle.

If ...

Stroll

By Shawn Micallef
By (artist) Marlena Zuber
Illustrated by Marlena Zuber
Categories: Social Science

What is the 'Toronto look'? Glass skyscrapers rise beside Victorian homes, and Brutalist apartment buildings often mark the edge of leafy ravines, creating a city of contrasts whose architectural look ...

The Edible City

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

If a city is its people, and its people are what they eat, then shouldn’t food play a larger role in our dialogue about how and where we live? The food of a metropolis is essential to its character. ...

HTO

Edited by Christina Palassio, & Wayne Reeves
Categories: Social Science
Series: uTOpia

Drained by a half-dozen major watersheds, cut by a network of deep ravines and fronting on a Great Lake, Toronto is a city dominated by water. Recently, the trend of fettering Toronto’s water and putting ...

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 ...