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Planning Toronto

The Planners, The Plans, Their Legacies, 1940-80

In this lavishly illustrated, meticulously researched book, Richard White analyzes the city’s planning and how it contributed to Toronto becoming a functional, world-class city. Focusing on the critical period from 1940 to 1980, he examines how planners sought to shape the city and the region amid a maelstrom of local and international influences and obstacles. Planning Toronto offers the first comprehensive explanation of how Toronto’s postwar plans – city, metropolitan, and regional – came to be, who devised them, and what impact they had. As this definitive history reveals, planning matters – though perhaps not always as expected.

464 pages

Table of Contents



1 Planning Takes Root, 1940-54

Planning and the War

The City Planning Board

A New Kind of World

Beyond the City

Legacy: The Planners versus the People

2 Planning the Metropolis, 1954-70

The Metropolitan Toronto Planning Board

Planning Suburbia

The Metropolitan Project

Legacy: Metropolitan Planning Achieved

3 Modernizing a Conservative City, 1954-70

Defining the Problems

Planning the Solutions

Cautious Modernization

Legacy: Conservative Modernization

4 Regional Interventions, 1962-76

Conceiving the Plan

Rejecting the Plan

Legacy: The Unplanned Region

5 Planning Transformed, 1968-80

The Roots of Transformation

Planning and Reform

The Demise of Big-Picture Planning

Legacy: Reform Planning

Epilogue: The New Paradigm and the Old




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