Over the weekend of June 20-22, Urban Transformations opened the doors of the Wychwood Barns to academics and urbanists.
From July 7-14 I’ll join environmental historians from around the world in Portugal for the 2nd WCEH conference.
On June 20th I biked down to the iconic CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) building in downtown Toronto for an interview on the popular afternoon show Here and Now, with Gill Deacon.
Over the last forty years Toronto has seen a number of bold proposals for a city museum. Recently, the launch of the Museum of Toronto project breathed new life into the cause.
I’m one of the organizers of Urban Transformations, a symposium about major urban issues and themes as they’ve played out along Toronto’s St. Clair West corridor.
A post on the Vintage Toronto facebook group alerted me to this creative and beautiful film that recreates changes in Toronto’s built environment over time. Take a look!
In this post I take a look at a new Toronto pedestrianization initiative–Open Streets–in light of 1970s attempts to make downtown more walkable.
It is the centenary of the start of the Great War, and commemoration of that long, bloody, and socially transformative conflict is in full swing. York historians have produced a series of short but informative videos about the conflict.
The idea that our cities need saving has been around since at least the industrial era, and it continues to have relevance today.
This year at the meeting of the American Society for Environment History in San Francisco, I’ll be presenting some of my research on Yonge Street as part of a panel on citizen engagement in urban planning.
In 1960s Vancouver there was a concerted effort by local citizens, the police, and politicians to investigate and find solutions to what they called “the hippie problem.” Were they successful?
The post-1945 era was a hopeful and exuberant one for Canadian cities. Toronto in particular was growing faster than ever before. This 1951 NFB documentary captures the excitement.
Last month I was asked by the journal BC Studies to review a new book that tells the story of the people who mobilized to help Vietnam war resisters settle and stay in Canada.
I’m giving a talk at the Deer Park public library next Wednesday evening about my research on Yonge Street’s 1970s “Sin Strip.”