5 subtle signs of lost rivers in Toronto

Like many North American cities, the street grid in downtown Toronto is (for the most part) rigidly geometric. Where there’s an... Read More

How the Eaton Centre nearly wrecked Old City Hall

Ever since Toronto city council moved over the street in 1965, Toronto hasn’t quite known what to do with Old City Hall. The... Read More

Awe in the city

The study of awe — the kind of jaw-dropping experience that makes you recalibrate your understanding of the world — originated with... Read More

What Amsterdam taught a Torontonian about urbanism

Tulips, windmills, and all those salacious, smoke-filled thoughts aside, Amsterdam is internationally regarded as a haven for urbanism... Read More

The TORONTO sign: How life imitates graphic design

To the delight of many, it was recently announced that the TORONTO sign in Nathan Phillips Square will remain in front of City Hall... Read More

GARDINER EAST: Using the rail corridor to crack the highway riddle

The Gardiner East Follies returns for yet another extended run at City Hall beginning on Tuesday morning, when city officials present... Read More

The mysterious case of the grave of Stella Vanzant

When little Stella Vanzant died of causes unknown some time in the early 1800s, her bereaved father interred the girl’s young... Read More

BACK TO SCHOOL: Why I use the city as a classroom

At this time of year, the signs abound. Colourful backpack displays have replaced the Slip-N-Slide demo at Walmart. And if you... Read More

What Philadelphia can teach Toronto about art, history, and public spaces

Among North American cities, few can boast the depth of history that’s on offer in Philadelphia. The compact downtown, plotted out by... Read More

Forgotten TTC architecture a reminder of nixed transit plans

Toronto is building the East Bayfront LRT. Well, sort of. This week, Metro News reported that the City of Toronto has set aside $2... Read More