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 →
In the previous chapter, national and international issues in environmental policy, especially as they relate to cities, were outlined by Trevor Price. Our purpose is to link these issues to the ground level, to particular cities and places. Abstract principles notwithstanding, whether or not we fit gracefully into the biosphere is still expressed and often determined locally, even personally. Continue reading →
Sometimes, when I am out in the city very early in the morning or very late at night, I wonder about the others who are up at that time as well. “Where are you all going at this ungodly hour?” I ask them rhetorically and somewhat indignantly, since I expected to have the streets to myself. One could ask the same question at rush hour, I suppose, but then the answer would be more predictable and prosaic. But just as meaningful. 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.