Accidental City Accidental City
The Transformation of Toronto


Robert Fulford
Format: Hard Cover
Length: 225 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 0395773075
Copyright: 1996

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.”
-- Robert Campbell, Architecture Critic

“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.”
-- John Kenneth Galbraith

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.

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