Dear friends and fellow Torontonians, I'm moderating the second of three panel discussions this month organized by the Canadian Urban Institute to improve and enlighten our city.
This Wednesday's topic: Diverse and Equal: How can Toronto Thrive in all senses?
The Greater Toronto region is the most ethnically and racially diverse region in Canada. There are also currently more condo towers being built here than in any other city in the world. While some neighbourhoods are becoming more prosperous, other neighbourhoods have little access to the kinds of shopping and cultural opportunities that exist elsewhere across the city, even though they may be diverse in that many different ethnic or cultural groups live there.
Mariana Valverde, Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto argues that a Jane Jacobs type focus on micro-level planning has contributed to social homogeneity in neighborhoods, even while promoting limited forms of "mixed use" and diversity.” She is the author of a forthcoming book called "Making law on the street: urban governance and the challenges of diversity", based on a five-year study of urban governance in Toronto, and she posits that what we need is a city-wide view rather than a street-level view.
Adriana Beemans, Director of Programs and Services, at the Working Women Community Centre and Craig Cal, an urban planner, Urban Strategies, have both participated as Fellows in the DiverseCity Fellows program, a one-year action-oriented leadership development program that equips rising city-builders from the public, private and non-profit sectors with new knowledge, skills and connections to address issues that are critical to the future health and wealth of the greater Toronto region.
Registration is free but space is limited, so sign up today!
When: November 23, 2011 6:00 PM through 7:30 PM
Location: 401 Richmond Urbanspace Gallery
Contact: Phone: 416-365-0816 ext.221