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Jane Jacobs was not an academic

I heard Jane Jacobs speak in Toronto around the early 1980s when I lived for a brief period on Toronto Island. In those years the Toronto Island community on Ward Island and Algonquin Island was facing eviction at the hands of the Metropolitan Toronto government whose political leadership had a strong desire to turn the […]


Feb, 22, 2013 news update – TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough’s Office

Following message is from Trustee Gough’s Office: Sent on behalf of Trustee Pamela Gough: Ward 3 Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update February 22, 2013 Premier Kathleen Wynne was sworn in on Tuesday, marking a new beginning in provincial labour relations with teacher unions. Extracurriculars will be returning to high schools as early as next Monday (see below) […]


Peter Hall’s (2002) intellectual history of twentieth-century urban planning

Peter Hall focuses, in Cities of tomorrow: An intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century, third edition (2002), on the power of ideas. Hall is also author of London voices, London lives: Tales from a working capital (2007), in which Londoners speaks of their lives in their own voices. In his […]


Information related to building of Etobicoke Creek Trail in area of QEW bridge

From time to time there’s been discussion, at this website and elsewhere, regarding the extension of the trail that currently runs along Etobicoke Creek from Marie Curtis Park to the QEW bridge near Sherway Gardens. Message from Peter Milczyn’s Office Councillor Peter Milczyn’s Office on Jan. 23, 2013 sent an email regarding this topic. The […]


From William Morris: Building conservation and the Arts and Crafts cult of authenticity 1877-1939 (2005)

From William Morris (2005), which addresses the history of heritage preservation in the United Kingdom – and elsewhere as in New England and Cyprus – is fourteenth in a series of occasional volumes dedicated to studies in British art. This study is of interest in the context of the history of British imperialism and world military history. […]