For more than fifty years, saving Chinatown has been on the urban agenda, and that struggle, led by community members and their allies, has been tightly bound up in larger transformations in our cities and society.
I am grateful to announce that my research on capital, retail, and the making of Canadian downtowns has been financed by the FRQSC.
I was interviewed by Christine Sismondo for a Toronto Star piece published today which asks: how will bars and restaurants survive COVID-19?
One of the challenges of writing the history of urban transformations is that they don’t have definite endings and beginnings.
This week, I was pleased to see my review of Richard White’s Planning Toronto in print in the Canadian Historical Review.
I was interviewed this week by the Toronto Star for a feature piece on the history of competition for street space in the city.
What do sidewalks and street pavements tell us about the historical city? Quite a bit, it turns out. I recently reviewed Phillip Gordon Mackintosh’s Newspaper City (UTP, 2017) for Historical Geography.
The 1977 murder of shoeshine boy Emanuel Jaques continues to draw attention forty years later. I discussed the event and its impact on the city with the Globe & Mail.
On June 22, I’m taking part in a roundtable discussion of the summer of 1977 in Toronto, and the impact a tragic murder had on politics, policing, and the future of downtown.
On February 23, 2017 I’ll be speaking at McGill University about my research on Yonge Street and the politics of downtown development in Toronto.
CBC News kindly gave me ten seconds of fame today, with an interview on the use of heritage planning to slow redevelopment in downtown Toronto.
What does it mean to build a modern city? In the latest issue of the Urban History Review, I review Christopher Armstrong’s Making Toronto Modern: Architecture and Design, 1895-1975.
This video uses building construction dates to map Toronto’s rapidly-expanding urban footprint in the twentieth century.