Richard White’s Planning Toronto: The Planners, The Plans, Their Legacies, 1940-80, has been named winner of the Ontario Historical Society’s 2017 Fred Landon Award as the “best book on local or regional history in Ontario published in the last three years.”

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What readers have said:

… highly accomplished in its research and analysis … White handles the defeat of modernist planning and the rise of citizen activism in Toronto with real insight …

… a persuasive account of city planning in that era that is both measured and well-informed, as well as being a pleasure to read.”

… rich in historical memory, solid in useful scholarship, and engaging in the sweep of its narrative … provides future practitioners and citizen-participants alike with vital lessons from the past to inform their imaginings of the future.”

… assesses what planners really did and did not do – and why … planning history that makes you think.”


Related academic publications (available in libraries and through various websites)

“Toronto’s Inner Suburbs Through the Lens of Planning History” Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 38 (2018) [written, expanded version of keynote address presented to the conference of  the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries, February 2017]

“Financing the Golden Age: Municipal Finance in Toronto, 1950-1975”, IMFG Papers on Municipal Finance and Governance, No.29 (2016)

“Urban Renewal Revisited: Toronto, 1950-1970”, Canadian Historical Review, Vol 97, No 1

“Toronto, An American City: Aspects of its Postwar Planning, 1940-1960”, American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol 44, No 1

“Jane Jacobs and Toronto, 1968-1978”, Journal of Planning History, Vol 10, No 2; revised and republished internationally as “Jane Jacobs and the Paradigm Shift: Toronto, 1968-1978”, in Dirk Schubert, ed., Looking Backward to Step Forward: Jane Jacobs and Paradigm Shifts in Urban Planning and Urban Redevelopment (Ashgate 2013)

“Sprawl: The View from Toronto”, review essay, Journal of Planning History, Vol 8, No 3