Suburbs vs. Downtown: Let’s Get It Started

It’s 416 vs. outer-416 vs. 905 week on the Ethnic Aisle. We’re going to be writing about downtown, the suburbs, the much-ballyhooed divide between them, and what ethnicity has to do with it. Hopefully you’ll find it all interesting enough to come to our in-person chitchat next Monday, September 26.

To kick things off, a few links:

From last weekend’s Toronto Star, a piece by Kenneth Kidd on How the Liberal Lost Toronto in the last federal election. How much did it have to do with the Conservatives’ targeting 905 ethnic communities? How repulsive is it that Jason Kenney was supposedly labelled Minister of Curry?

The blog Blue Kennel discusses Why Non-Suburbanites Distrust Suburbanites: “people move to suburbs not just to get things, like bigger houses and yards, but to get away from things in their old neighborhood:  crime, traffic, and bad schools….And how to keep the bad things from following them?  They have to be able to control the neighborhoods around them.”

The Atlantic thinks this is The Beginning of the End for Suburban America because no one can afford to heat/cool huge houses or commute long distances the way they used to.  (Thanks to Bernie Michalik for these last two links)

Secret Republic offers up an infographic on the Suburbanization of Poverty in the U.S., which should be old news to Torontonians  familiar with the 2004 United Way report Poverty By Postal Code.

In August, Ute Lehrer and Roger Keil from the City Institute at York University were on Metro Morning discussing how suburbs are going to keep on growing–in the GTA and around the world–through the 21st century.

Will the suburban GTA decide which party wins this October’s provincial election?

Hazel McCallion once told the Star that her biggest regret as mayor was not designing Mississauga to be more dense so that the city could afford decent transit.

And in Vaughan, mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua wants to transform the 905 outpost “from a suburban municipality to a world-class city,” starting with a walkable downtown.

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5 thoughts on “Suburbs vs. Downtown: Let’s Get It Started

  1. Is there really a 905? It’s a huge area that runs a huge gamut from urban to suburban to exurban to rural, all across southern Ontario. How much does the 905 have in common with the 905?

    • Serge: excellent point. At the very least we should say whether we are talking about the “905” (right outside Toronto) or the “1-905” i.e. Hamilton and places further out. – Denise

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