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University of Toronto Cities Centre | 2008-09 SEMINAR SERIES

Thu, Dec 11/08


4:00 - 5:00 PM
University College Room 161, 15 King’s College Circle
Reception to follow at Croft Chapter House

Richard White, with Ken Greenberg and Barbara Hall
Jane Jacobs has long been seen as an important inspiration for Toronto urbanists. Toronto historian Richard White, who is currently working on a comprehensive history of Toronto planning with support from the Neptis Foundation, has recently done research on Jane Jacobs’s impact on Toronto in her first decade in the city, and some of his findings are rather surprising. Richard White will be presenting this recent work in a paper entitled Jane Jacobs and Toronto, 1968-1978. The session will also include comments from former Mayor Barbara Hall and urban designer Ken Greenberg, both of whom worked closely with Jane Jacobs in a later period.
Richard White is a Canadian historian specializing in the history of urban planning, and a part-time lecturer in Canadian History at University of Toronto Mississauga. He received his PhD in Canadian History from the University of Toronto in 1995, with a thesis on the professional careers of two 19th-century Canadian civil engineers, subsequently published as Gentlemen Engineers: The Working Lives of Frank and Walter Shanly (UTP, 1999). For several years Dr. White has been associated with the Neptis Foundation, serving for a time as its Research Director and carrying out a program of research into the history of urban and regional planning in the Toronto region. He recently published a booklet on regional planning history in the Neptis Foundation’s series of Commentaries on the new provincial Growth Plan. His most recent research has been on urban planning in Toronto’s inner city, from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Architect and Urban Designer Ken Greenberg of Greenberg Consultants has played a leading role on a broad range of assignments in highly diverse urban settings in North America, and Europe. Much of his work focuses on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods, and campus master planning.
Barbara Hall is currently Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  She served as mayor of Toronto from 1994 until 1997.
Admission is free – All are welcome
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