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New article: The Spatial Articulation of Urban Political Cleavages

By Jan Doering, Dan Silver, and Zack Taylor in Urban Affairs Review. Sociologists and geographers have long placed space and place at the center of their analyses. They have shown that people’s identities and attitudes are inflected by their social and physical contexts—who their neighbors are and what kind of place they live in—although they … Continue reading New article: The Spatial Articulation of Urban Political Cleavages

New article: How do planners think about the future?

Zack Taylor, Joanne Fitzgibbons, & Carrie L. Mitchell. 2020. “Finding the future in policy discourse: an analysis of city resilience plans.” Regional Studies. Managing future uncertainty is the essence of planning. How planners conceptualize the future therefore has important practical and normative implications as contemporary decisions have long-term impacts that may be irreversible and distribute costs and benefits … Continue reading New article: How do planners think about the future?

New report: Comparing the legal powers of cities across Canada

Far from being static, Canadian municipal law is in a period of transition. The legal scope of municipal authority has expanded over the past 25 years as most provinces have revised their general municipal acts and adopted special legal arrangements for major cities. However, while the trend has been toward greater autonomy, there are still … Continue reading New report: Comparing the legal powers of cities across Canada

A charter flight to … where?

Canada’s largest city is having an important debate about local autonomy. As one of North America’s largest and fastest growing cities, many argue that Toronto needs more money, more legal authority, and more discretion to respond to a multitude of pressures and crises. One solution, proposed by Charter City Toronto, is to enact a constitutionally … Continue reading A charter flight to … where?

New project: Cities in Canadian Political Development

I am pleased to a be co-investigator with Jack Lucas (University of Calgary) of a new, multi-year collaborative research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Cities in Canadian Political Development. The five-year project will investigate a gap in our understanding of Canadian politics: how the country’s transformation from an agrarian society in … Continue reading New project: Cities in Canadian Political Development

New project: Canada’s Implicit Urban Policy

I am pleased to announce a new, SSHRC-funded project in partnership with Neil Bradford (Huron University College) and Alison Smith (University of Toronto) is entitled Canada’s Implicit Urban Policy. Unlike some countries that have official urban policies, Canada has multiple federal-provincial-municipal relationships that span diverse policy areas, from housing to transportation to economic development. We argue … Continue reading New project: Canada’s Implicit Urban Policy

Featured on ULI Electric Cities podcast

I recently joined host Jeremy Warson to discuss Toronto governance and politics on the Urban Land Institute’s Electric Cities podcast. Drawing on my new book, Shaping the Metropolis, I explored the potential for greater municipal autonomy, arguing that Canadian advocates of big-city charters should be careful what they wish for and be clearer about what problem they … Continue reading Featured on ULI Electric Cities podcast

May 23: Public talk about municipal autonomy in Toronto

In tandem with the launch of my new book, Shaping the Metropolis, I will be giving a talk hosted by the Toronto Public Library entitled “Who Runs Toronto? Provincial Control or More Autonomy for Toronto?” Come one, come all! Thursday, May 23, 20196:30–7:30 p.m. Runnymede branch Here’s the description: Toronto and other Canadian cities seem caught … Continue reading May 23: Public talk about municipal autonomy in Toronto