Neighbourhoods

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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Putnam, Robert D.
Book
2000
Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the...
Citizens Group Scores Success in Anti-lead Battle
Wallace, Barbara
Article
1986
Through self-education, out-reach, and activism, the Niagara Neighbourhood Lead Committee has successfully worked to reduce lead risks in their neighbourhood and throughout Canada.
The City and Radical Social Change
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
Book
1982
A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new cit...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Community Dreams: Ideas for Enriching Neighbourhood and Community Life
Berkowitz, Bill
Book
1984
A compilation of vignettes, fragments and thought starters that provides stimulating ideas for practical community transformation.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1961
Jacobs' iconoclastic and brilliant observations on why cities work, and why they don't.
Exploring Your Neighbourhood
Scanlon, Tom
Book
1984
A guide for children to learn more about their neighbourhoods.
Houses and Homes: Housing for Canadians
Sewell, John
Book
1994
Canadians need access to sound housing in decent neighborhoods, writes author Sewell. And in order to achieve this, all ideoligical freight is to be jettisoned and deliver nothing but the straight go...
How We Changed Toronto: The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980
Sewell, John
Book
2015
By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. One real estate firm aptly labelled it Boomtown. Expressways, subways, shopping centres, high-rise apa...
Let the People Decide: Neighbourhood Organizing in America
Robert, Fisher
Book
1994
A history of neighbourhood-based community organizing in the United States.
Peacemaking in Your Neighbourhood: Reflections on an Experiment in Community Mediation
Beer, Jennifer E.
Book
1986
Describes ten years of work of the Community Dispute Settlement Program, an innovative program in a suburban area near Philadelphia, founded by the Society of Friends (Quakers). The program set out to...
Rape of the Block or every person's guide to neighbourhood defence
Pornell, M.; Semotuk, V; Swain, J
Book
1976
Written to enable citizens of Edmonton to "begin to plan their own communities."
Reflections for the US Occupy Movement: From Barcelona's Neighborhood Assemblies
Gelderloos, Peter
Article
2011
The deeper a struggle’s historical roots, the greater its collective knowledge.
Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America
McManus, Philip and Schlabach, Gerald (ed.)
Book
1991
There is in Latin America a tradition of "firmeza permanente," relentless persistence, which has enabled the people to preserve parts of their culture during five centuries of conquest and oppression.
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
Book
1977
A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to tra...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
The Shape of the City: Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning
Sewell, John
Book
1993
John Sewell traces in urban planning from pre-Depression garden cities to postwar modernism and a revival of interest in the streetscape grid.
The Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk; Elizabeth, Speck, Jeff
Book
2000
The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces, isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighbourhoods, organized into mutually support...
The Uses of Literacy
Hoggart, Richard
Book
1957
In this partly autobiographical book Hoggart observes the loss of an authentic popular culture and denounces the imposition of mass culture by the culture industries.
We are everywhere: The irresistable rise of global anticapitalism
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Book
2003
Global voices presenting alternative visions of democracy.
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Family Service Toronto
FST is a non-profit social service agency offering a wide range of counselling and support programs in 13 locations across the City of Toronto. Since 1914, FST has been assisting individuals, families and communities through couns...
The Preservation Institute
Today, most people recognize that modernization and growth can harm the natural environment. The Preservation Institute believes that modernization also damages the social environment - that many of our social problems are side-ef...

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The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
The Ward
The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood
Lorinc, John; McClelland, Michael; Scheinberg, Ellen; Taylor, Tatum
2015
The story of the growth and destruction of Toronto’s first 'priority neighbourhood.'

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Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
Website
Information about pedestrian-only days in Toronto's Kensington Market.