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Accidental city : the transformation of Toronto

Author: Robert Fulford
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Toronto is one of the world's great cities and the commercial and cultural capital of English-speaking Canada. But it is also a classic example of a modern city that has sustained and withstood every kind of urban force. Robert Fulford, in this compelling book, recounts the exciting story of the postwar transformation of an aging city. In the 1950s Toronto was a gray lady - "a good place to mind your own business,"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fulford, Robert.
Accidental city.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996
(OCoLC)605239110
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Fulford
ISBN: 0395773075 9780395773079
OCLC Number: 34631203
Description: 225 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Going public --
View from the CN Tower --
Hidden city --
Fred Gardner's specialized city --
Ballet of the streets --
Whose beach? --
Scarborough and Scarberia --
Islanders --
Downtown North York --
Vaulted ambition --
Home on the grange --
Monumental success --
CBC's awkward palace --
Accidental masterpiece.
Responsibility: Robert Fulford.

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Toronto is one of the world's great cities and the commercial and cultural capital of English-speaking Canada. But it is also a classic example of a modern city that has sustained and withstood every kind of urban force. Robert Fulford, in this compelling book, recounts the exciting story of the postwar transformation of an aging city. In the 1950s Toronto was a gray lady - "a good place to mind your own business," as Northrop Frye said. Built in a strange and challenging ravine-threaded landscape on the shore of Lake Ontario by generations of architects, the city is now the home of the Canadian National Tower, of an extraordinary subway system, of the Blue Jays and their SkyDome, of the Royal Ontario Museum. Today Toronto bristles with vitality, glitters with every fascination that architecture, planning, and cultural and intellectual life can give to a city. It has fallen into many of the characteristic mistakes of modern urban planning, yet it has also saved itself from the worst of them. This graceful narrative, moving from one part of Toronto to another, paints a portrait of the city, its recent history, its urban planning, and its economic growth.

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