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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 ...

Rebound

From basketball hoops to cricket bats, the role community sports play in our cities and how crucial they are to diversity and inclusion.

For every kid who makes it to the NBA, thousands more simply seek ...

Indigenous Toronto

Rich and diverse narratives of Indigenous Toronto, past and present

Beneath many major North American cities rests a deep foundation of Indigenous history that has been colonized, paved over, and, too ...

Any Night of the Week

The story of how Toronto became a music mecca.

From Yonge Street to Yorkville to Queen West to College, the neighbourhoods that housed Toronto’s music scenes. Featuring Syrinx, Rough Trade, Martha and ...

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 ...

The Ward Uncovered

In early 2015, a team of archaeologists began digging test trenches on a non-descript parking lot next to Toronto City Hall -- a site designated to become a major new court house. What they discovered ...

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 ...

Any Other Way

Toronto is home to multiple and thriving queer communities that reflect the dynamism of a global city. Any Other Way is an eclectic and richly illustrated local history that reveals how these individuals ...

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 ...