Toronto is one of the world’s great cities and the commercial and cultural capital of English-speaking Canada. But it is also a classic example of a modern city that has sustained and withstood every kind of urban force. Robert Fulford, in this compelling book, recounts the exciting story of the postwar transformation of an aging city. In a narrative that moves from one part of Toronto to another, he paints a portrait of the city, its recent history, its urban planning, and its economic growth.
“Robert Fulford's readable
book is filled with stories that help us understand how a provincial
capital grew so quickly into an exciting, diverse world-class city.
We learn a lot not only about Toronto, but about all great cities and
what makes them livable.”
“In my early and now distant
youth I was often in Toronto. Even then I regarded it as a dull place.
Over the weekends, it was said, the streets were rolled up and put away.
It was always difficult to find an open restaurant. One consorted only
with relatives. Now, Toronto is one of the truly sparkling communities
on our continent. This sparkling book tells how this has come about.
Obviously, I recommend it.”
About the Author
Robert Fulford, a nationally
respected journalist and author who has devoted much of his writing
life to exploring the relationship between culture and society, now
writes weekly columns for the Toronto Globe and Mail.