Frontier city toronto on the verge of greatness

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Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness by Shawn Micallef

Toronto is emerging from an identity crisis into a glorious new era.

It began as a series of reports from the civic drama of the 2014 elections. But beyond the municipal circus, writer and commentator Shawn Micallef discovered the much bigger story of a city emerging into greatness. He walked and talked with candidates from all over Greater Toronto, and observed how they energized their communities, never shying away from the problems that exist within them -- poverty, violence, racism, and drugs -- but advocating solutions that bring people together. Shawn Micallef introduces us to those fighting for a more inclusive vision of Toronto and reveals the promise and potential for a city that has been suffering through a severe identity crisis but is now on a steep upturn. Toronto, he says, is set fair to be a new urban model for cities all over the world. Micallef reveals Toronto in all its rich variety. It is hard, he says, to grasp the vast size and scope of Toronto until you spend a few hours walking through unfamiliar neighbourhoods. Each reveals another adjacent to it, and then another, and another. The city goes on and on, into unheralded ravines and oblique views of the downtown skyline. Hiding in all that geography is not only great beauty, but a force for change thats been building for decades as people arrived here from every corner of the globe. Frontier City is a revelatory view of the Toronto of today and an inspiring vision of the Toronto of the near future.


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Grand by design: An excerpt from Shawn Micallef's Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness

Toronto is emerging from an identity crisis into a glorious new era. It began as a series of reports from the civic drama of the elections. But beyond the municipal circus, writer and commentator Shawn Micallef discovered the much bigger story of a city emerging into greatness. He walked and talked with candidates from all over Greater Toronto, and observed how they energized their communities, never shying away from the problems that exist within them -- poverty, violence, racism, and drugs -- but advocating solutions that bring people together. Shawn Micallef introduces us to those fighting for a more inclusive vision of Toronto and reveals the promise and potential for a city that has been suffering through a severe identity crisis but is now on a steep upturn. Toronto, he says, is set fair to be a new urban model for cities all over the world.

Or the story is about some lonely person in one of those landscapes, making a go of it on their own. The built monuments of this era are sometimes great, sometimes invisible. In , Halifax and Dartmouth were connected by the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, making the two small cities seem like one much bigger one, like San Francisco and Oakland joined together by the Bay Bridge, but on a Canadian scale. At Niagara Falls, Sir Adam Beck harnessed an entire river for hydro power, letting the province grow. These are epic stories and if Canadians knew more of them there might be a greater appreciation of their cities.

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