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The Tiny Perfect Mayor

David Crombie and Toronto's reform aldermen

by (author) Jon Caulfield

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1974
City Planning & Urban Development
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When David Crombie won his surprise victory in the 1972 mayoralty race in Toronto, everyone thought it was a victory for citizen activism and for a saner approach to urban development. Was it?
This book examines Crombie's performance on a range of major issues--housing, highrises, downtown development, environmental matters, Toronto Island, subways and expressways. Caulfield contends that despite the efforts of a cadre of committed reform-oriented civic politicians, Crombie's mayoralty largely buttressed the status quo and the old-guard politicians he fought so hard to defeat in the first place.
The Tiny Perfect Mayor is a pointed, critical examination of one of Canada's most prominent civic politicians of the 1970s.

About the author

Joe Caulfield is in the Division of Social Sciences, York University, and author of City Form and Everyday Life: Toronto's Gentrification and Critical Social Practice.

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