From last week:
- City Love sketches Chapter 2
- Walking Bostonian: Chapter 2 – A wild kid from the suburbs
- City Love sketches Chapter 3
- Walking Bostonian: Chapter 3 – Sidewalks are not like roads
- Upper Toronto: Chapters 2 & 3 – Sidewalk relations
- A City Guy: Chapter 2 & 3 – Sidewalks, gated communities and free speech
- A City Guy: Chapter 4 – City kids
- City Love sketches Chapter 4
- A City Guy: Chapter 5 – Sizing up Chicago’s Wicker and Lincoln parks
- City Love sketches Chapter 5
- The Walking Bostonian on Chapter 5 and parks in Boston – The Prado and the Greenway
Next week: Chapters 6 & 7
- Monday: Steven Dale on The uses of city neighborhoods
- Tuesday: John Sewell on The uses of city neighborhoods
- Wednesday: Mary Rowe on The generators of diversity
- Thursday: Aaron Renn on The generators of diversity
Find more information on sidewalks and parks 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.
by Dan Burden. Borrow it from the library!
Transportation Research Record. Maintenance, no 1828
This issue focuses on the safety and convenience of pedestrian and bicycle travel in urban and rural areas. Among the pedestrian research topics covered are methods to reduce traffic speeds in high-pedestrian rural areas, an analysis of North Carolina’s guidelines for school walk zones, and an examination of pedestrian safety with a raised median and redesigned intersections. This issue also covers the safety of intersections for cyclists and preferred commuter bicycle routes. Borrow this from the library!
by Harvey, David. 2010
This report sheds light on the challenges facing city parks and how to get beyond them. “We’ve taken our parks for granted, neglected the need for improvements, and they are languishing,” said Harvey. Harvey attributes park woes to a culture of “no” driven by decision-makers who resist change and sweeping policies that fail to respond to local needs and interests. Urban parks, he says, are fundamental to a healthy city offering a range of social, environmental, and economic benefits. Parks are much more than green space, he asserts, with community-building benefits in line with those of community centres, schools, and libraries. Read it online or borrow it from the library!
Contributors: Andre Arseneau, Paul Cope, Andrew Infusino, Catherin Jung, Ellery Leitch, Jennifer McKinlay, Brody Paul, Daniel Ridgway, Joey Svec, Evan Weatherston
The purpose of this report is threefold. First, to provide comments and recommendations on the parks classification system outlined in the draft Parks Service Plan. Second, to explain how citizens can become more engaged in each type of park. Finally, this report contains recommendations as to how the City’s park promotion and public information strategy can be improved in a manner that is informed by this new classification system. Read it online or borrow it from the library!