Daniel Ross

Historian of the city, politics, and society

Category Archives: Toronto

Yonge Street transforms

One of the challenges of writing the history of urban transformations is that they don’t have definite endings and beginnings.

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Planning the postwar Canadian city

This week, I was pleased to see my review of Richard White’s Planning Toronto in print in the Canadian Historical Review.

December 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

The history of Toronto road rage

I was interviewed this week by the Toronto Star for a feature piece on the history of competition for street space in the city.

January 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sidewalks, streets, and urban modernity

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.

January 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Jaques murder, continued

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.

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The summer of ’77: A community conversation

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.

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Heart of the City

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.

February 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pressing pause on development

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.

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Making Toronto Modern

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.

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Watching Toronto grow, 1900-2002

This video uses building construction dates to map Toronto’s rapidly-expanding urban footprint in the twentieth century.

May 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

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