In this episode, we talk about books about cities and urbanism that change the way we experience our communities. This could mean getting in touch the the arts and culture of a place, or learning how to engage directly with the policies that govern it.
We talk to Aliya Bhatia of the Toronto Youth Cabinet, about their 10 Reads We Can’t Put Down This Summer, as well as how to provide youth with the tools and the opportunity to engage with city politics.
Derek Von Essen is a photographer who, with writer Phil Saunders, has compiled five years worth of work covering the emerging grunge scene in Toronto. The book is No Flash, Please! Underground Music in Toronto 1987-92, and it combines photography and local history to depict a city under the thralls of a new brand of rock and roll.
Finally, we talk to Nana Yanful, a criminal defense lawyer, about her contribution to Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity. Yanful looks at the “trust gap” between police and marginalized communities, and the different approaches to community policing that can help rebuild broken relationships between police, and the people they are meant to protect and serve.