Richard White is a Toronto historian and regular lecturer in Canadian History at the University of Toronto. He is also the author of the book, “Planning Toronto” which is a historical analysis of the city’s planning and how it contributed to Toronto becoming a functional, world-class city.
Richard and I touch on the impact public health has had on urban planning practises and attitudes in the past, what is happening in the present and what kind of urban planning changes may transpire in a post-pandemic Toronto.
Some sources discussed in this conversation:
Covid-19 Cases neighbourhood by neighbourhood in Toronto (heatmap)
Huffington Post: “Rich Torontonians Eyeing An Exodus From City After Pandemic: Agency”
Globe and Mail: “Will cities stay healthy, or will the coronavirus mean the end of density?”
City News: City council approves 40 km expansion of Toronto’s cycling network
City News: “New bill could open Greenbelt to development, critics say”
UofT News: “Urban density and disease”
Lockdown Toronto Ep.04 Chris Hudspeth on the fate of Toronto’s Hospitality Industry
Richard White’s Blog on Urban Planning History
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