Canadian cities in transition: Understanding contemporary urbanism

Canadian cities in transition: Understanding contemporary urbanism

/ Moos, Markus; Vinodrai, Tara; & Walker, Ryan Christopher. (Eds.). — Sixth edition — Don Mills, ON : Oxford University Press, 2020.

xiv, 464 pages : illustrations, charts, maps, glossary, index, bibl.

The textbook explores the history, geography, demographics, planning and economics of Canadian cities. Chapters focus on Canadian urban development, urban governance, relations with urban Indigenous peoples, urban policy and planning, urban demographics, multiculturalism and immigration, social issues and inequality, urban form, the use and design of public space, integrated transportation and land use planning, gentrification in inner cities, suburban areas, changes in the economies of cities, innovation, the economic value of urban land, slow growth and shrinking cities, urban sustainability, climate change adaptation, and urban food systems.

 

Repowering cities: Governing climate change mitigation in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto

Repowering cities: Governing climate change mitigation in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto

/ Hughes, Sara. — Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2019.

214 pages : charts, index, bibl.

A literature review looks at the motivations for city governments to undertake climate change mitigation, success factors and barriers impeding implementation. Three case studies analyze the role of urban governance (i.e., institutional building, coalition building and capacity building) and the strategies for climate change mitigation in the cities of New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, all of which pledged to reduce GHG emissions and contribute to global efforts to address climate change in 2007. The book also evaluates the progress that the cities have made on reducing their GHG emissions and the effect of these reductions. Finally, it presents a framework to continue GHG reductions that relies on building participatory institutions, encouraging data availability and addressing equity issues.

 

Sustainability policy, planning and gentrification in cities

Sustainability policy, planning and gentrification in cities

/ Bunce, Susannah. — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.

168 pages : illustrations, index, bibl. — (Routledge equity, justice and the sustainable city series).

The book, an expansion of the author's PhD dissertation, explores the relationship between sustainability planning, neighbourhood intensification and gentrification in central Toronto. The gentrification experiences and urban policies of international cities are also highlighted (e.g., New York, London, Paris and Freiburg). It discusses the role of master planned communities in gentrification, sustainability policy and its compatibility with upper and middle-class urban lifestyles, creative city policy as a gentrifying force, environmental gentrification caused by increased green spaces and community gardens, and community land trusts as an equitable means of sustainability. It concludes with a consideration of actions to resist gentrification in the future.

 


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