Interactive Activity: Your City Photowalks

Interactive activities invite Book Club members to engage more deeply with Arrival City and contribute their own experiences and stories to the Club’s reading. With our City Soundwalk and City Photowalk activities, readers have the opportunity to submit their own sound recordings and photosets exploring “arrival” in their own city. Soundwalk and Photowalk submissions will be posted in galleries here on the City Builder Book Club blog. All are welcome to participate.

Your City Photowalks

We asked Book Club members to share the sights of their cities by creating photowalks that tell a visual stories about their neighbourhood, the people that live there, and the history of arrival and movement in this place. By using StoryMap JS,  Book Club members have given us a peek into their neighbourhood using photos and brief descriptions tied to map locations. Here’s what we have received from readers so far.

A story about industry and change along the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn

by Isabel Miesner, Brooklyn, New York, USA

“Today, Red Hook’s waterfront has once again become valuable, though now more so to commercial developers rather than the maritime industry. Still, the neighborhood has managed to remain a unique mix of industrial, manufacturing, working waterfront, commercial, and residential space, creating an interesting world to explore on foot. This particular walk focuses on the waterfront at night, a setting which offers elements of mystery, desolation, change and occasional solitude.”

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A story about the vestiges of Carroll Gardens as an arrival city in Brooklyn, NY

by Chris Hamby, Brooklyn, New York, USA

“A walk up Court Street on a frigid cold President’s Day, looking at a part of Brooklyn’s immigrant history, and the Brooklyn of today.”

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A story about everyday urban life in Zagreb, Croatia

by Goran, Zagreb, Croatia

“Zagreb Stories 2009-2015 #1. Reminiscences of a sequence of photos of mainly “populated” urban exteriors of Zagreb published “one-a-day” on my active blog between the year 2009 and 2015.”

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A story from Toronto’s Kensington Market, a famously diverse and changing neighbourhood with a long history of arrival

by Claire Nelischer and Rachel Lissner, Toronto, Canada

“On a snowy day in December, the Centre for City Ecology took a stroll down Augusta Avenue in Toronto’s Kensington Market to document the change, continuity, and curiosity of this iconic street for the City Builder Book Club’s reading of Arrival City.”

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Stories from Ryerson University’s “Global Cities” course

This semester, students in the Ryerson University Politics Department’s “Global Cities” course, taught by Prof. Christopher Gore, have been reading Arrival City and participating in the City Builder Book Club. The students have submitted their own City Photowalks, sharing stories about neighbourhoods in Toronto and throughout Ontario. We’re posting all of the students’ City Photowalks here.

A story about cultural memory and security on Toronto’s Finch Street

by Maryama Ali, Toronto, ON

“Finch Street is one of the longest streets in Toronto and home to many historic monuments, buildings and community centres. To the common commuter it’s an area to drive past without a second glance, but to others it’s a place that hold culture remembrance and security.”

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A story about gentrification along Toronto’s Queen Street East

by Hana Lapp, Toronto, ON

“On a balmy fay in February (-28°C), I took a walk through my Queen Street East neighbourhood. This old downtown Toronto community, which was once characterized by low-income working families, Chinese groceries, homeless shelters and cheap restaurants, has slowly re-christened itself as an award-winning bohemian village after many years of gentrification.”

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A story about the colour, culture, and taste of Toronto’s Little India

by Priyanga Jey, Toronto, ON

“One of the largest marketplaces for South Asian goods, Gerrard Street East (1972) has become home to an abundance of shops and restaurants displaying many different cultures of South Asia (Indian, Sri Lankan, Afghan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi). Also known as “Little India”, Gerrard Street East is full of colour, culture, and taste.”

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A story about history and change in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood

by Daniel Vozis McEvoy, Toronto, ON

“This is a tour of the western half of Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. This walk follows Dupont street east from Bathurst St., down Brunswick Ave. to Spadina Ave.. We then travel along Bloor St. West and end our journey at the historic Honest Ed’s. Through this walk we will see the changing nature of this neighbourhood as well as it’s incredible diversity.”

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A story about community-led heritage preservation in the historic village of Unionville

by Betina Borova, Unionville, ON

“Allow me to e-introduce you to the historic village of Unionville! Located in the northeast corner of the Greater Toronto Area, this district aims to converse its heritage environment. The distinct characteristic of the area is a result of community participation. In the 1960s, the County of York Government proposed to enlarge the width of the street. In protest, the community established the Unionville Festival in order to raise awareness of the region’s uniqueness. As you move through each slide of this photowalk, you’ll see that the community has been largeley successful in achieving this goal.”

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A story about artist influence in Toronto’s Dundas West neighbourhood

by Abraham Herst, Toronto, ON

“Just east of High Park and in between Roncesvalles and The Junction the Dundas West area is an upcoming neighbourhood home to a wide mix of people including a growing number of artists. Due to its relatively central location to the Downtown core as well as affordable cost this area has experienced rapid growth over the last decade. ”

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A story about faith, worship, and diversity at Donlands and Danforth, Toronto

by Rizvan Desai, Toronto, ON

“Toronto is well known for its multiculturalism and tolerance. This photowalk takes us on a tour of the Donlands and Danforth community as well as near Pape and Danforth to show several established places of worship from a number of different faiths. This photowalk illustrates the religious tolerance that Toronto communities exercise. An interesting point to note is that all of these institutions are walking distance from public transit.”

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More stories from students in Ryerson University’s Global Cities course

Eduardo Cardoso Da Silva, Toronto, ON – Regent Park Gentrification

Crystal-Rose Farrell, Toronto, ON – The Annex Photowalk

Kristin Darling, Toronto, ON – North York Photowalk

Sophie Vijayasinkam, Scarborough, ON – Yonge and Dundas

Ashley DeVries, Toronto, ON – Dufferin Grove Area

Adam Robb, Port Perry, ON – Port Perry Photowalk

Hanan Mohamed, Toronto, ON – Kensington Market

Benjamin Allen Stevens, Toronto, ON – A tale of two neighbourhoods

Michelle Bevacqua, Woodbridge, ON – Sonoma Heights Photowalk

Rami Goreal, Toronto, ON – It’s a Concrete Jungle

Virginia Tucciarone, Toronto, ON – Toronto (the Kingsway)

Sharmila Sivam, Toronto, ON – North-Etobicoke Neighbourhood

Viktor Anastasov, Toronto, ON – Adventures of a young Torontonian

Kris Sukhlal, Toronto, ON – My Neighbourhood

A. Deen, Waterloo, ON – Northwest Waterloo

Maryam Keshvarpour, Toronto, ON – Winter Wonderland

Elena Alexandrova, Toronto, ON – Toronto Photowalk Map

Austin Warr, Toronto, ON – I live in the neighbourhood

Zainab Abu Alrob, Mississauga, ON – Mississauga Photowalk

Keshini Kumarakesary, Stouffville, ON – Stouffville Photowalk

Michael Zbikowski, Mississauga and Toronto, ON – a student’s journey

Zachary Erickson-Henderson, Toronto, ON – Bay Street

Vivan Hong, Scarborough, ON – My City

Marina Kousa, Toronto, ON – GTA Photowalk

Nandeeta A. Lakhan, Stouffville, ON – Urban Stouffville Photowalk

Jimohal Francis, Toronto, ON – OH TORONTO

David Pepkowski, Mississauga, ON – Dixie Near Burnhamthorpe

Victoria Arci, Toronto, ON – Downtown Toronto

Noor Shahid, Mississauga, ON – A Walk with Noor

Sumaya Al-Majdoub, Toronto, ON – White Frosted Trees

Amrit Paul Sandhu, Springdale, ON – Springdale

Eric Lothman, Toronto, ON – Liberty Village

Christine Anandappa, Toronto, ON – A Story about “The Mud” and “The Peas”

Kersten Dupuis, Toronto, ON – Venice Photowalk

Share the sights of your our city

There’s still time to submit your Photowalk. We’ll keep adding your City Photowalk submissions to the blog throughout our reading of Arrival City.

If you’re interested in submitting your own City Photowalk, you can find more details, examples, and an activity guide here.

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