Cities

Gun violence, murder and music: U of T sociologist explores wide range of subjects

Author: 
Dominic Ali

Gun violence is an ugly reality of life in North America. But how does it affect our cities or the social fabric of our neighbourhoods?

University of Toronto assistant professor Jooyoung Lee is delving into this issue. 

Urban geographer explores the changing face of suburbs

Sub-title: 
Expert Deborah Cowen on the racial and economic polarization of our cities
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Cities change over time and so do the residents who comprise them. Curious about how Toronto is growing, the role of inner suburbs, and the importance of social infrastructure, malls and public spaces?

Meet U of T's Deborah Cowen.

Out of the cold: homelessness, shelters and why people still die on the streets

Sub-title: 
Alumna Joyce Rankin on the problems with Toronto shelters
Author: 
Dave Ross

After a balmy fall, winter arrived in Toronto last week with a vengeance. Temperatures registered as low as -30C with wind chill. The city hunkered down and pedestrians bundled up against the extreme cold.

But there was also tragedy – and, after the death of two homeless people without shelter, Mayor John Tory ordered the medical officer of health to declare an extreme cold alert, activating warming centres for one of Toronto’s most vulnerable populations. 

Alternative public transit on King West could spur change in TTC: alumni startup LineSix hits the streets

Sub-title: 
Geography expert says tech innovations could help improve mass transportation
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

The alumni who piloted an upstart transportation alternative in Toronto last fall are now set to launch regular morning and evening service – and experts say they may be changing the structure of public transit in the process.

U of T's great cities stories of 2014: the year in review

Sub-title: 
Improving everything from traffic to building design: eight of our favourite urban tales
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Across the globe, researchers say, universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways.

Holiday gift-giving suggestions with a U of T theme

Last-minute holiday shoppers, under pressure to make impressive selections quickly, have been known to fail in spectactular fashion. But those deadline-driven woes might just be a thing of a past, thanks to University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Traffic congestion: are HOT lanes the answer?

Author: 
Dominic Ali

If there’s one thing that unites all city dwellers in the 21st century, it’s traffic congestion. Whether it’s crawling along highways, dealing with road rage or lamenting wasted time, bumper-to-bumper traffic ranks as one of the worst features of modern life.

Into the woods: why urban forests and green spaces matter and what you can do to help

Sub-title: 
UTM's Tenley Conway on how trees help cities thrive
Author: 
Dominic Ali

From New York’s Central Park to São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park or Toronto’s High Park,  green spaces are an integral – even iconic – element of many of the world’s leading cities.

Associate Professor Tenley Conway, with the University of Toronto Mississauga’s geography department, researches how municipalities, NGOs, community groups and landowners influence patterns of forests within a city.

How to build the best U of T Cities podcast: it’s up to you

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City councillors, community groups and readers at U of T News weigh in
It was a new way for us to talk with the city – and show a few ways the university is helping to make Toronto better:
 
A few weeks ago, U of T News launched a podcast miniseries featuring conversations with the university’s researchers, entrepreneurs and students whose work is advancing Toronto’s realities of traffic, transit, sustainability and the role of the city. (Learn more about the podcast series)
 

IMAGINE health clinic: U of T students serve city's most marginalized citizens

Sub-title: 
Providing integrated health care for free to people without insurance, ID or funds
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Imagine a clinic providing free health care to Toronto’s most vulnerable residents: people with no fixed address, health insurance or ID. Too bold, utopian, or disruptive? 

Not for a group of University of Toronto students.

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