Take winter, sleep, hot soup off a cold sidewalk. The streets of Toronto Are waiting for the lukewarm embrace Of threadbare fleece jackets. Find winter, find it in the barren concrete cracks, of frost sucked into cement. Dream into the … Continue reading →
My wife and I travelled to Romania last month for a reunion with friends with whom I canoed down the Danube River in 1964. We arrived in Bucharest on a Saturday afternoon, and our friend Dan Dimancescu drove us into … Continue reading →
Let’s shift our fascination with the details of Mayor Rob Ford’s train wreck to a consideration of how he got here. How could our system of selecting leaders choose someone like Rob Ford as mayor? The field of mayoral candidates … Continue reading →
Imagine walking through a city district where the walls, garage doors, electrical service boxes, even telephone poles – every available space – have painted murals, or carefully coloured and designed graffiti, or poetry with political messages. This is the Mission … Continue reading →
There is a salamander in Mexico City called the axolotl, which is dangerously close to extinction. Its only habitat was a portion of the extensive system of wetlands in the high valley where this now immense metropolis is located. These … Continue reading →
How did we evolve? More generally, how did evolution happen? The standard explanation was that genes periodically made a mistake in reproducing themselves. Every once in a while there was a “random mutation” and the new version of an organism … Continue reading →
Regent Park in Toronto was one of Canada’s oldest public housing developments. Built in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the small three and six storey brick apartment buildings had lots of green open space between them and no locks … Continue reading →
A young man across from me was eating his takeout supper on the subway the other day, stuffing it down. Now and then food fell off the fork. Well, there’s all kinds of people. Then, a couple of days later, … Continue reading →
Areas dominated by highrise buildings have more feeble social networks and higher crime rates, no matter what their social, economic or ethnic characteristics.
In general, the higher the building, the more the crime, regardless of the residents’ income or ethnic background Continue reading →
Imagine walking down a street of a suburban subdivision built in 2000, somewhere on the outskirts of Calgary, Vancouver or Toronto. Only now it’s 2020. To your right is one of the single family homes that survived a phys- ical transformation initiated in 2007, when it became clear that surviving the oil crisis required neighbourhood inten- sification. In his home, a retired minister sells polished and drilled semiprecious stones – amethysts, agates and tour- malines – out of a living room he has transformed into a showroom. His workshop is in the basement. Continue reading →
Edmund P. (Terry) Fowler is Professor Emeritus of political science at Glendon College, York University, in Toronto, Ontario. Between 1967 and 2002, when he retired, he created and taught courses in local government, voting behaviour, community power structure, history of science, and green philosophy. He created and ran the Glendon Municipal Intern Program, under which students worked for municipal councillors in the Toronto region.