Toronto Sprawls : A History / Lawrence Solomon.
- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 
- U of T Centre for Public Management Series on Public Policy & Administration
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- Cities and towns -- Ontario -- Toronto -- Growth -- History.
City planning -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History.
Urban policy -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- With a landmass of approximately 7000 square kilometres and a population of roughly five million, the Greater Toronto Area is Canada's largest metropolitan centre. How did a small nineteenth-century colonial capital become this sprawling urban giant, and how did government policies shape the contours of its landscape?In Toronto Sprawls, Lawrence Solomon examines the great migration from farms to the city that occurred in the last half of the nineteenth century. During this period, a disproportionate number of single women came to Toronto while, at the same time, immigration from abroad was swelling the city's urban boundaries. Labour unions were increasingly successful in recruiting urban workers in these years. Governments responded to these perceived threats with a series of policies designed to foster order. To promote single family dwellings conducive to the traditional family, buildings in high-density areas were razed and apartment buildings banned. To discourage returning First World War veterans from settling in cities, the government offered grants to spur rural settlement. These policies and others dispersed the city's population and promoted sprawl.An illuminating read, Toronto Sprawls makes a convincing case that urban sprawl in Toronto was caused not by market forces, but rather by policies and programs designed to disperse Toronto's urban population.
Introduction: Toronto circa 1900, before the Era of Sprawl
1. How Private Transit Hobbled Sprawl
2. Living at Close Quarters
3. Toronto the Good
4. Model People, Model Suburbs
5. Canada's War Effort against the Cities
6. CMHC and Cheap Financing Open Up the Suburbs
7. Partial Amalgamation, Full Sprawl / Dhar, Satish
8. The Suburbs beyond the Suburbs / Dhar, Satish
Conclusion: How Toronto Might Have Been
Postscript: Toronto in 2020
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 20. Sep 2019)
- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.3138/9781442685062 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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