Daniel Ross

Historian of the city, politics, and society

Category Archives: urban history

Histories of urban knowledge

This year I’ve been part of a team of Montreal-based historians organizing the Écrire l’histoire des savoirs urbains/Histories of urban knowledge conference.

September 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Digital classroom: Vanished urban landscapes

This winter, students in my class on the North American city created a group blog on Montreal’s vanished urban landscapes.

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Digital classroom: Making a map of Montréal migration history

This fall, students in my class on the history of immigration created a collaborative map of Montréal’s migration history.

February 8, 2018 · 1 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

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

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

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

Saving the North American City

The idea that our cities need saving has been around since at least the industrial era, and it continues to have relevance today.

March 28, 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

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