How do we build cities where we aren't just living within the same urban space, but living together?
Greater Toronto is now home to a larger proportion of foreign-born residents than any other major global metropolis. Not surprisingly, city officials rarely miss an opportunity to tout the region’s ethno-cultural neighbourhoods. Yet there’s strong evidence that the GTA is experiencing widening socio-economic disparities that have produced worrisome divisions. We say that ‘diversity is our strength,’ but has a feel-good catchphrase prevented us from confronting the forces that seem to be separating and isolating urban communities?
Through compelling storytelling and analysis, Subdivided’s contributors – a wide range of place-makers, academics, activists and journalists – ask how we can expand city-building processes to tackle issues ranging from transit equity and trust-based policingto holistic mental health, dignified affordable housing and inclusive municipal governance. Ultimately, Subdivided aims to provoke the tough but pressing conversations required to build a truly connected and just city.
Introduction - Jay Pitter
Identity and the City: Thinking Through Diversity – Beyhan Farhadi
Doing Immigrant Resettlement Right – Doug Saunders
Wasauksing–Vancouver–Toronto: My Path Home – Rebeka Tabobondung
How We Welcome: Why Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Program Undermines Place-making – Sarah Beamish and Sofia Ijaz
Finding Space for Spirituality – Fatima Syed
Navigating the City with an Invisible Illness: The Story of Dorothy – Denise DaCosta
Culture and Mental Illness – Karen Pitter
Neighbourhood Watch: Racial Profiling and Virtual Gated Communities – Asmaa Malik
Accessing Education: An Immigrant’s Story – Nicholas Davis
Policing and Trust in the Hyper-Diverse City – Nana Yanful
Three Questions about Carding – Idil Burale
An Overburdened Promise: Arts Funding for Social Development – Ian Kamau, Paul Nguyen and Ryan Paterson, with John Lorinc
Designing Dignified Social Housing – Jay Pitter
Walking Through Loss: A Critical Visit to an Old Neighbourhood – Photography by Taha Muharuma
Reconsidering Revitalization: The Case of Regent Park – Jay Pitter in conversation with Sandra Costain
Model Citizens – Andrea Gunraj
A Tale of Two – or Three – Cities: Gentrification and Community Consultations – Mariana Valverde
Mobility in the Divided City – Eric Mann
Toward MoreComplete Communities: Business Out of the Box – Alina Chatterjee
Going Beyond Representation: The Diversity Deficit in Local Government – John Lorinc
Brampton, a.k.a. Browntown – Noreen Ahmed-Ullah
Life in the City In-Between – Shawn Micallef
Conclusion – J. David Hulchanski
After establishing a career in public funding and marketing communications, Jay Pitter earned a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, where she investigated crime prevention through environmental design and urban place-making. She is also a writer and part-time professor.
John Lorinc is an award-winning journalist who has contributed to Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Saturday Night, Report on Business and Quill & Quire, among other publications. He has written extensively on amalgamation, education, sprawl and other city issues. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his coverage of urban affairs. His first book, Opportunity Knocks: The Truth About Canada’s Franchise Industry, was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award. He lives in Toronto.