As the sun sets every Sunday during the height of the summer in Toronto, people gather on a hill in Christie Pits. With blankets, drinks and snacks in hand, people kick back to enjoy a movie with hundreds of their neighbours. This park has long been a central place for the community and its history mirrors that of its community. So what of its future?Read More
Back in May, Waterloo hosted the spring session of the semi-annual Pragma Council, a business and planning conference discussing issues that affect the quality of life in Canada from economic growth to the environment to development and land-use change. The Generationed City research team prepared a thought-leader piece for the event.Read More
This is a stretch of storefronts along Bloor street near Christie Pits. Take a look at the signs on the storefronts. Notice anything? What can a laundromat, salon, drugstore and record shop tell us about this neighbourhood?Read More
I had the chance to write a post on the LSE Politics and Policy blog with Mark Williamson, a colleague on the Generationed City research team. We review recent work by Canadian researchers Markus Moos and Pablo Mendez about the shifting dimensions of income in Canadian cities.
The researchers operationalize the concept of ‘suburban ways of living’ to break apart the idea of suburbs being rather homogenous districts located outside of central areas. They examine the relationship between these suburban ways of living and the changing dimensions of income in Canadian cities.Read More
Ethnoburb? Arrival City?
By the way, Arrival City was the the subject of a Chief Planner's Roundtable. Suburbs are important to the city's geography of ethnicity. It is also of course the name of Doug Saunders' book.
A map of social and material deprivation in Toronto. The Canadian Deprivation Index is based on measures of employment, education, income, marital status, living alone and single-parent families. High deprivation scores in the city's northeast and northwest are compounded by reduced transit provision, and lower levels of transit service. Also an inferior housing, fewer recreational opportunities and a lower quality public realm in these neighbourhoods contributes to health inequities and higher rates of chronic disease.Read More
It was in a moment when I had stumbled outside of my usual territory that I found myself looking up at a high-rise in Toronto's inner suburbs. At present we contemplate and debate the progression of density throughout the city. But evidently, the city has a long history of density throughout its centre and periphery. But how common was this highrise form in suburban neighbourhoods in the past?Read More
Increasingly we can describe the divisions of social space in cities not only by income, gender and race but also by age. Generationed City, a research project launched earlier this year, aims to understand the unique conditions influencing the housing experiences of young adults in cities across North America.Read More
In light of events that took place over the summer and news expected to be released today, a map of race by place of residence in St. Louis, Missouri. The city and its suburbs are highly segregated by race: over the Mississippi river, across Dr. Martin Luther King drive.Read More
So much order - the city grows outwards with waves of redevelopment at its centre.