Week 2 wrap-up

Who’s blogging along with us?

Yen Trinh at Designing Yen (Brisbane, Australia) is reading Death & Life with us and sketching it as she goes:

Chapter 1, page 25

“In New York’s East Harlem there is a housing project with a conspicuous rectangular lawn which became an object of hatred to the project tenants.  A social worker frequently at the project was astonished by how often the subject of the lawn came up, usually gratuitously as far as she could see, and how much the tenants despised it and urged that it be done away with…”

Also joining us:

  • A City Guy (Chicago, USA) is an urbanist who is taking the opportunity to finish reading Death & Life this time around,
  • Upper Toronto (Toronto, Canada) is commenting on the book from a futurist’s perspective,
  • Dr Alan Davies of The Urbanist (Melbourne, Australia) is joining us because while he’s pretty sure he read the whole thing decades ago, he would like to read it again,
  • Urban Empress (Toronto, Canada) reminds us that the school of planning and citizen participation has changed drastically since Death & Life was written, and
  • The Walking Bostonian (Boston, USA) recommends Death & Life to anyone with an interest in the health, livability or economics of cities.

If you’re blogging along with us too, please let us know and we’ll add you to our list on the sidebar!

Find more information on the uses of sidewalks at the Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. now houses the collection of the Urban Affairs Library, formerly located at Metro Hall. As a specialized collection devoted to all aspects of urban planning and local government, the library contains far more than the materials cited here.

Titles were selected by librarian Cynthia Fisher to give you an overview of some new and some old books and reports that you can find at the library to complement (and perhaps contradict) some of Jane Jacob’s views. When viewing the catalogue records for the books, click on some of the subject headings to give you a broader range of materials.

Sidewalks : conflict and negotiation over public space

by Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia, 1958-
Contributors: Ehrenfeucht, Irena.

Urban sidewalks, critical but undervalued public spaces, have been sites for political demonstrations and urban greening, promenades for the wealthy and the well-dressed, and shelterless shelters for the homeless. On sidewalks, decade after decade, urbanites have socialized, paraded, and played, sold their wares, and observed city life. These many uses often overlap and conflict, and urban residents and planners try to include some and exclude others. Borrow this from the library!

City of Toronto walking habits and attitudes report

Harris/Decima, 2008. The City of Toronto organised a telephone survey to learn more about the culture of walking in Toronto. Final results from this survey were released in March 2008. These Results helped the City to develop a walking strategy to increase and improve walking opportunities in Toronto. Read it online or Borrow it from the library!

Toronto Walking Strategy : everyone is a pedestrian

City of Toronto, 2009. The aim of the Walking Strategy is to build a physical and cultural environment that supports and encourages walking, including vibrant streets, parks, public squares and neighbourhoods where people will choose to walk more often. By envisioning a city where high-quality walking environments are seamlessly integrated with public transit, cycling and other sustainable modes of travel, the Strategy sets out a plan that will produce tangible environmental, health and social benefits for residents and visitors to Toronto. Borrow this from the library, or visit the Walking Strategy website!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Cynthia Fisher says:

    Just a note: If the Toronto Reference Library is the only holder of a book or report, it cannot be taken out of the library, although photocopying is allowed. Please check the online version, if one is available.

    As Heather says, we have a lot more here at the Toronto Reference Library on urban issues, urban development, sidewalks, pedestrians, public space and more. Come visit our Toronto Collection on the second floor of the Reference Library in the Main Reference Department (soon to become the Humanities and Social Sciences Department). Some material may be borrowed from other Toronto Public Library branches, in particular, the North York Central Library. Hope to see you soon.

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