Week 3 wrap-up

Blog round-up

City Love on Chapter 4 (The uses of sidewalks: assimilating children)

From last week:

This week:

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.

Walkable communities : designing for pedestrians.

by Dan Burden. Borrow it from the library!

Pedestrians and bicycles, 2003 : safety and human performance

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!

Fertile ground for new thinking : improving Toronto’s Parks

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!

Park uses and features : branding and community participation

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!

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