Richard White’s definitive account of city planning in Toronto assesses what planners really did and didn’t do – and why. Documenting the transition from “modernist” to “reform” city planning during the key decades that saw the city emerge as a global metropolis, Planning Toronto's critical narrative resonates today. It’s planning history that makes you think. - Joe Berridge, city planner, partner at Urban Strategies, and teacher at the University of Toronto
At last! A planning book on Toronto’s early postwar decades, when neighbourhood and reform movements became a force in city politics, generating a lot of political heat but not always much light. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, Richard White provides us with a persuasive account of city planning in that era that is both measured and well-informed, as well as being a pleasure to read. - Richard Harris, professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University
As Toronto and Ontario move into the mid-twenty-first century and realize the extraordinary possibilities of the emerging Greater Golden Horseshoe region, Richard White’s book should be required reading. Rich in historical memory, solid in useful scholarship, and engaging in the sweep of its narrative, it provides future practitioners and citizen-participants alike with vital lessons from the past to inform their imaginings of the future. - David Crombie, mayor of Toronto, 1972-78, and current chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation
Planning Toronto is an extremely useful teaching tool for urban designers, planners, and administrators and for those doing more in-depth research on planning in Toronto.- Tanu Sankalia, University of San Francisco, Journal of Planning History
[White’s] exhaustive account spans from the 1940s, when Torontonians embraced government-led solutions for servicing a rapidly urbanizing country, to 1980, by which time citizens were firmly entrenched at the centre of the planning process. Balancing academic rigour with readability, Planning Toronto is the definitive history of Toronto area urban planning. Teasing out remarkable nuance in some well-known events, White also pushes readers to reconsider what they already know—or don’t—about the city’s urban development in those decades.- Kevin Plummer, Torontoist
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