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Displacing Blackness: Power, Planning, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax
Displacing Blackness: Power, Planning, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax
By Ted Rutland

While focused on twentieth-century Halifax, Displacing Blackness develops broad insights about the possibilities and limitations of modern planning. Drawing connections between the history of planning and emerging scholarship in Black Studies, Ted Rutland positions anti-blackness at the heart of contemporary city-making.

Available Jul 2018
Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands: Kyiv, 1800 - 1905
Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands: Kyiv, 1800 - 1905
By Serhiy Bilenky
Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands is the first work to approach the history of Kyiv from an interdisciplinary perspective and showcases Kyiv’s rightful place as a city worthy of attention from historians, urbanists, and literary scholars.
Available Dec 2017
What's in a Name?: Talking about Urban Peripheries
What's in a Name?: Talking about Urban Peripheries
Edited by Richard Harris and Charlotte Vorms

In What’s in a Name? editors Richard Harris and Charlotte Vorms have gathered together experts from around the world in order to provide a truly global framework for the study of the urban periphery.

Published Jul 2017
Toronto, No Mean City: Third Edition, Revised
Toronto, No Mean City: Third Edition, Revised
By Eric Arthur and Stephen Otto

This reprint of the third edition, prepared by Stephen Otto, updates Arthur's classic to include information and illustrations uncovered since the appearance of the first edition.

Published May 2017
Newspaper City: Toronto's Street Surfaces and the Liberal Press, 1860-1935
Newspaper City: Toronto's Street Surfaces and the Liberal Press, 1860-1935
By Phillip Gordon Mackintosh

In Newspaper City, Phillip Gordon Mackintosh scrutinizes the reluctance of early Torontonians to pave their streets. Consequently, Mackintosh’s study reveals the contradictory nature of newspapers and the historiographical complexities of newspaper research.

Published Apr 2017
The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space
The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space
By Lisa Benton-Short

In The National Mall, Lisa Benton-Short explores the critical issues that are redefining and reshaping this extraordinary public space.

Published Jul 2016
A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story
A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story
By Judith Skelton Grant

Written by Judith Skelton Grant, A Meeting of Minds is the definitive account of Massey College’s first fifty years, its many traditions, and the hundreds of fellows who have passed through its halls.

Published Sep 2015
Kensington Market: Collective Memory, Public History, and Toronto's Urban Landscape
Kensington Market: Collective Memory, Public History, and Toronto's Urban Landscape
By Na Li

Li’s book will be a must-read for those fascinated with this iconic Toronto neighbourhood, as well as anyone with an interest in the role heritage and collective memory can play in urban planning.

Published Jun 2015
Toronto, the Belfast of Canada: The Orange Order and the Shaping of Municipal Culture
Toronto, the Belfast of Canada: The Orange Order and the Shaping of Municipal Culture
By William J. Smyth

Toronto, the Belfast of Canada explores the intolerant origins of today’s cosmopolitan city.

Published Apr 2015
Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley
Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley
By Jennifer L. Bonnell

With Reclaiming the Don, Jennifer L. Bonnell unearths the missing story of the relationship between the river, the valley, and the city, from the establishment of the town of York in the 1790s to the construction of the Don Valley Parkway in the 1960s.

Published Sep 2014