Daniel Ross

Historian of the city, politics, and society

Category Archives: Toronto

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

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

“When Sex Dominated Yonge Street”: My piece in Spacing Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue

My article in the latest issue of Spacing takes a look at 1970s debates over vice on Yonge Street. Check it out!

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stop the Smut! Citizen Activism and Toronto’s Sin Strip, 1972-1973

This Friday, October 3rd, I’ll be taking part in a panel on vice and citizen activism at a conference in Montréal. The only thing is…I’m in the UK.

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Urban Transformations: An Avenue For Academic Work in the Community

Over the weekend of June 20-22, Urban Transformations opened the doors of the Wychwood Barns to academics and urbanists.

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Here and Now

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.

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

An idea whose time has come: A city museum for Toronto

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.

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Urban Transformations

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.

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Experimenting with Pedestrian Space in Toronto, 1970s and 2014

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.

April 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Building people space downtown

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.

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Toronto Boom Town

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.

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Building Sanctuary

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.

January 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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