Towards a New Toronto
uTOpia by Alana Wilcox
Book DescriptionSince the election of Mayor David Miller in November 2003, Toronto has experienced a wave of civic pride and enthusiasm not felt in decades. At long last, Torontonians see their city as a place of possibility and potential. Visions of a truly workable, liveable and world-class city are once again dancing in citizens' heads. In the past two years, this spirit has, directly or indirectly, manifested itself in multifarious forms: in writer Sheila Heti's sui generis lecture series, Trampoline Hall; in the transformation of derelict hotels such as the Drake and the Gladstone into cultural hotspots; in renewed interest in waterfront revitalization and public transportation; in exciting, controversial architectural developments such as the OCAD building, the expansion of the ROM and the AGO; in the [murmur] project, which catalogues stories about Toronto neighbourhoods and broadcasts them to people's cell phones; in the explosion of the local independent music scene. uTOpia aims to capture and chronicle that spirit, collecting writing by many of the people inspired by and involved in these projects. Featuring passionate, visionary essays by thirty-four different journalists, artists, thinkers, architects and activists, uTOpia is a compendium of ideas, opinions and strategies. The anthology explores plans to redevelop the Island airport into a Ward's Island-style community; how the Zeidler family is energizing artist-run centres; what a car-free Kensington Market might mean; the necessity and beauty of laneway housing; the way past efforts to combat devastating developments like the Spadina Expressway have shaped current activism; what a utopian Toronto might look like mapped out; and much, much more. Playful, erudite and accessible, uTOpia writes Toronto as it is shared and created by the people who live here. Though it is by no means a complete picture of what is happening in the city right now, it will hopefully show that what was once just a T-shirt slogan -- I Heart T.O. -- is now genuine, heartfelt sentiment. Contributors include Howard Akler, Andrew Alfred-Duggan, Jacob Allderdice, Bert Archer, James Bow, Nicole Cohen, Jonny Dovercourt, Dale Duncan, Philip Evans, Mark Fram, Misha Glouberman, Chris Hardwicke, Sheila Heti, Alfred Holden, Luis Jacob, Lorraine Johnson, Edward Keenan, Mark Kingwell, John Lorinc, Sally McKay, Heather McLean, Dave Meslin, Shawn Micallef, Derek Murr, Ninjalicious, Darren O'Donnell, Planning Action, Barbara Rahder, Dylan Reid, Erik Rutherford, Jeffrey Stinson, Deanne Taylor, Conan Tobias, Stephanie Verge, Adam Vaughan and Marlena Zuber.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781552451564
(203mm x 127mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author Alana Wilcox
Local Motion, Paperback (October 2006)
Local Motion presents an in-depth analysis of civic engagement in Canada's largest metropolis.
Edible City, Paperback (December 2005)
These essays form a saucy picture of how Toronto sustains itself, from growing basil on balconies to four-star restaurants.
GreenTOpia, Paperback (November 2004)
When asked for immodest proposals for greening their cities, Torontonians came up with solutions both wild and workable, from hydrogen-fueled cabs to retrofitting suburban slab apartments. They offer brazen perspectives and arrive at ingenious solutions to the problems plaguing modern cities.
State of the Arts, Paperback (December 2002)» View all books by Alana Wilcox
Explores the Toronto culture scene from various angles, applauding, assailing and arguing about art in our fair burg. This book contains essays that consider the big-ticket and the ticket-free, from the CNE to unintentional art.
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