Daniel Ross

Historian of city politics and urban life

Review: Planning Toronto

Planning Toronto offers a refreshing new interpretation of Toronto’s 20th century struggles with planned and unplanned growth.

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Yonge Street Mall in Spacing

My Spacing article on the Yonge Street mall is out!

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Canadian countercultures and the environment

At long last, the Canadian Countercultures and the Environment collection is out!

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vancouver’s “hippie problem”

In the late 1960s Kitsilano was a centre for the Canadian counterculture. How did Vancouver respond?

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Did the Urban Reformers Change Toronto?

A review essay that asks: Is it time for a reassessment of the history of 1970s urban reform in Toronto?

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Toronto Heritage Awards

I’m delighted to be nominated for Heritage Toronto’s 2015 Short Publication prize.

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exploring New Directions for Active History

Seven years in, it’s time to take stock of the Active History project. That’s the spirit behind the New Directions in Active History Conference, taking place next week (October 2-4) in London, ON.

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Die-in: A Short History from the 1960s to Today

When did playing dead become a way of speaking out? In this post, I present a short history of the die-in.

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Creating Toronto: A Walking Tour

This year, I was pleased to be asked to lead a Heritage Toronto walking tour of downtown, entitled “Creating Toronto: The Story of the City in Seven Stops”.

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Remaking and Reimagining the City

I’m excited to be presenting my research on the Toronto Eaton Centre for the first time at the annual meeting of the CHA in Ottawa.

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Toronto vs. Montréal: A Short History

In this post, I look back at nearly two centuries of real (and imagined) rivalry between Canada’s two metropoles.

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The king in a car park: Digging up Richard III

In this post, I take a look at Richard III´s extraordinary return to the public eye over the past two years: it’s a story about much more than archaeology and historical inquiry, as it turns out.

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Parts in Public Places

New History Lab is a seminar series at the University of Leicester, organized by graduate students in the School of History.

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Feeling the City: Getting at the Historical Sights and Sounds of Downtown

In today’s post, I want to talk about how the “feel of the city” has come up in my own research, why it matters, and what one innovative UK project is doing to record and interpret it.

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment
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