Using a set of rarely seen lantern slides from the early decades of the 20th century as well as recent images of new urban developments, we tell a story of the dramatic reshaping of Toronto’s waterfront. This story looks at the way a ‘useless’ marsh was transformed into a ‘productive’ industrial district that never quite lived up to expectations, and how the waterfront is being ‘revitalized’ for new uses – and new imperatives – in a changing economy.
Gene Desfor is Professor Emeritus at York University’s, Faculty of Environmental Studies where taught graduate courses and researched urban development processes for more than 35 years. In 2011, he co-edited Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront with Jennefer Laidley.
Jennefer Laidley holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies program and co-edited Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront with Gene Desfor. She currently works as Research & Policy Analyst at the Income Security Advocacy Centre in Toronto.
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