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Blight and the Brave New World: Rural estates to urban renewal: Moss Park, Trefann Court and Corktown
Bebout, Rick
A history of, and observations and reflections on the Moss Park, Trefann Court and Corktown areas of Toronto.
Challenging Racism isn't Anti-Semetic
Engler, Yves
Engler criticizes Canadians' willingness to defend the Jewish Defense League, even with their growing connection to white supremist groups.
Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life
Jacobs, Jane
Jacobs argues that virtually all economic life, no matter how geographically remote from cities, depends on cities to maintain it or change it.
The City and Radical Social Change
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
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...
Dark Age Ahead
Jacobs, Jane
A dark age is a culture's dead end. Jacobs argues that our society is facing the coming of a dark age.
Dream Tower
Mann, Ron
Follows the history Rochdale College, a famous experiment in co-operative living and self-directed education in 1960's Toronto.
Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1900
Kealey, Gregory S.; Palmer, Bryan D.
The Holy Order of Knights of Labour, based in Ontario, pressed for a more egalitarian society by unifying industrial workers.
A History of Women's Rights in Toronto
Aladejebi, Funké
Whether they were marching in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington or commemorating International Women's Day, women in Toronto have a longstanding tradition of advocating for gender equali...
Inclusion or exclusion
Diemer, Ulli
People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, ar...
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
A New City Agenda
Sewell, John
While Canadians have quickly recognized the importance of healthy cities in their own lives and communities, governments have lagged far behind. In A New City Agenda, journalist and former mayor, John...
No Fare Is Fair: A Campaign for Free Public Transit in Toronto: Why Do We Need Free Transit?
Free Transit Toronto
Public transit should be a right for everyone in Toronto. Using subways, buses, and streetcars shouldn't require paying fares, or user fees, that penalize riders with lower incomes.
Public Transit Struggles in London and Toronto: P3s, Transit Workers and Alternatives
Rosenfeld, Herman
Using the fight against transit privatization practices in London, England, Rosenfeld presents a model for reform in Toronto that prioritizes rider concerns such as reduced fares and increased accessi...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
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...
Seven News: Principles & Purposes
Statement of principles of Seven News, a community newspaper.
The Shape of the City: Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning
Sewell, John
John Sewell traces in urban planning from pre-Depression garden cities to postwar modernism and a revival of interest in the streetscape grid.
The Shape of the Suburbs: Understanding Toronto's Sprawl
Sewell, John
Examines the relationship between the development of suburbs, water, and sewage systems, highways and the decision-making of Toronto-area governments to show how the suburbs spread, and how they have ...
Special Places: The Changing Ecosystems of the Toronto Region
Roots, Betty I., Chant, Donald A., Heidenreich, Conred E.
Special Places explores the changing ecosystem of the Toronto area over the past century, looking at the environmental conditions that influence the whol region and at the surprising range of plants a...
Toronto For Sale: the Destruction of a City
Stein, David Lewis
An account of how the Toronto City Council rezoned land to maximize land densities, favoring the interests of private developers over the public in the 1970s.
Toronto Public Library Online
An on-line catalogue of more than one million books, serials, government documents, maps, scores, sound recordings and other materials. Extensive Canadiana and Toronto and Ontario local history sectio...
Up Against City Hall
Sewell, John
John Sewell describes his early life and explains how he accidentally got involved in politics. He tells of his experiences in Trefann Court, and how this opened his eyes to the realities of civic pol...

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The site of a team of volunteers who fight illegal billboards in Toronto. They say:" Half the billboards in Toronto are illegal # help us bring the vast, unlawful privatization of our public visual en...
Seven News
A community newspaper based in the 'Ward 7' area of Toronto: east of downtown, from Sherbourne Street to Logan Avenue, including Don Vale, Cabbagetown, Regent Park, Riverdale, St. Jamestown. Seven New...

Sources Library

Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto's Waterfront Heritage
Fairburn, M. Jane
Toronto area residents and visitors who are curious about the history of some of the city's outstanding waterfront features will like M. Jane Fairburn's Along the Shore. The book offers a trove of his...
City closes foot path to school where 11-year-old student was killed by a driver
Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, says decision was not made lightly
Following years of advocating for a safer walkway for pedestrians, the death of a child leads to a closure and further safety measures.
Good Accounting is M.I.A
City budget system is obsolete: daycare is as much a capital item as bridges
Roberts, Wayne
The author calls on Toronto's city hall to recognize that environmental and social programs are a kind of infrastructure in that they create stakeholders in the community. He advocates that the munici...
Toronto's Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets
Reeves, Wayne; Palassion, Christina (eds.)
A collection of essays on Toronto's water and watershed, ranging from burying streams to storm sewers and rainwater harvesting.
The Intruders
Garner, Hugh
A novel depicting the gentrification of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood in Toronto.
King St. middle-finger approach seems like an odd way to deal with lost business
For people who say business is down because of streetcar traffic, the owners have chosen a really bizarre way to try to welcome riders in
Keenan, Edward
Toronto business owners protest Theatre District anti-congestion measures with a sculpture of a middle finger (obscene gesture).
Passing Stories
Tales from a wander so far without end
Bebout, Rick
A collection of stories based around experiences and observations from walking Toronto's Queen Street, considering the requirements and rewards of urban citizenship.
Private property; public life
The city indoors: The Eaton Centre and "Toronto's Downtown Walkway"
Bebout, Rick
A history of, and observations on, Toronto's Eaton Centre mall and PATH walkway and preceding indoor private-owned and publically accessible spaces.
Reclaiming the Don
An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley
Bonnell, Jannifer L.
Illuminates the impact of the Don River Valley on Toronto's development and unearths the missing story of the relationship between the river, the valley, and the city.
Spanish name, Polish downtown; one avenue, many stories
Bebout, Rick
A history of the immigrant populations in the Roncesvalles area of Toronto, with observations on the communities who have lived there told through monuments and landmarks.
Size matters: What Berlin’s rapid transit would look like in Toronto
Young, Leslie
Berlin has about 600,000 more people than Toronto and encompasses about 250 more square kilometers, so it's reasonable to expect there to be more subway lines. But not this many: Berlin has 25 subway ...
Toronto Rocks
The Geological Legacy of the Toronto Region
Eyles, Nick; Clinton, Laura
Toronto’s urban geology.
The Underside of Toronto
Mann, W.E.
Sociological essays on Toronto.
The Ward
The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood
Lorinc, John; McClelland, Michael; Scheinberg, Ellen; Taylor, Tatum
The story of the growth and destruction of Toronto’s first 'priority neighbourhood.'

From the Connexions Archives

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
Information about pedestrian-only days in Toronto's Kensington Market.
The People's Classifieds
The Alternative Directory for Metro Toronto
Bond, Myrtle, Draper, Sylvia
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A directory of progressive/alternative businesses, professionals, services, groups, and individuals in Toronto. ...
Toronto Public Space Committee
Organization profile published 2007
We are dedicated to protecting our shared common spaces from commercial influence and privatisation.