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Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism

London and Toronto

Cities have been some of the most visible manifestations of the evolution of globalization and population expansion, and global cities are at the cutting edge of such changes. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism examines changes in governance, property development, urban politics, and community activism in two key global cities: London and Toronto. By taking these two cities as empirical cases, the book engages in constructive dialogues about the forms, governmental mechanisms and practices, and policy and community-based responses to the concerns facing modern urban centers. Through three central issues, governance, real estate and housing, and community activism and engagement, the authors seek to understand London and Toronto from a nuanced perspective, promoting critical reflection on the experiences and evaluative critiques of each urban context, providing insight into each city’s trajectory and engaging critically with wider phenomena and influences on the urban governance challenges in cities beyond.

332 pages | 23 color plates | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Critical dialogues of urban governance, development and activism: London and Toronto
Susan Moore, Susannah Bunce, Nicola Livingston, Loren March and Alan Walks

Section 1: Perspectives on governance

1. Capital flows in the capital: contemporary governmental Imaginations in London’s urban development
Mike Raco and Nicola Livingstone

2. The elusive, inclusive city: Toronto at a crossroads
Shauna Brail and Tara Vinodrai

3. Regulating property conditions in the private rented sector: the complex geography of property licencing in London
Tatiana Moreira de Souza

4. Metromobility and transit-led urbanisation in London and Toronto
Theresa Enright

5. The governance of urban public spaces in London: in the public interest or in the interest of local stakeholders?
Claudio De Magalhães

6. London, its infrastructure and the logics of growth
Daniel Durrant

7. Governing urbanisation in the global city: a commentary
Alan Walks and Mike Raco

Section 2: Real estate and housing

8. Governing urban development on industrial land in global cities: lessons from London
Jessica Ferm

9. Global city, global housing bubble? Toronto’s housing bubble and its discontents
Alan Walks

10. Trends and Issues in the (unaffordable) London housing market
Tommaso Gabrieli

11. Housing crisis in a Canadian global city: financialisation, buy-to-let Investors and short term rentals in Toronto’s rental market
Emily Hawes and Sean Grisdale

12. Planning for densification and housing in London: urban design and real estate agendas in practice
Michael Short and Nicola Livingstone

13. Addressing equity concerns in land value capture: the spatial distribution of community benefits in Toronto’s urban redevelopment
Jeff Biggar and Matti Siematycki

14. Real estate and housing: a commentary
Susannah Bunce and Nicola Livingstone

Section 3: Community, activism and engagement

15. DIY: making space in Toronto’s ‘Creative City’
Loren March

16. Pragmatic fix or a farewell to welfare? Making sense of and contesting the financialisation of public land and council housing in London
Joe Penny

17. Community-based responses to exclusionary processes of neighbourhood change in Parkdale, Toronto
Elena Ostanel

18. Time to be an activist: recent successes in housing activism in London
Pablo Sendra and Daniel Fitzpatrick

19. Engagement and activism in community land ownership: the emergence of community land trusts in London and Toronto
Susannah Bunce

20. Community, activism and engagement: A commentary
Loren March and Susan Moore

Conclusion: Critical dialogues on urban governance, development and activism in London and Toronto
Alan Walks, Susannah Bunce, Nicola Livingston, Loren March and Susan Moore


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