Down last night to Urban Space Gallery in Toronto, an appropriately urban space for the launch of Richard White's Planning Toronto, from University of British Columbia Press. Planners and urban historians abounded. Of the book and author, Torontoist historian Kevin Plummer says:
The University of Toronto Mississauga historian’s exhaustive account spans from the 1940s, when Torontonians embraced government-led solutions for servicing a rapidly urbanizing country, to 1980, by which time citizens were firmly entrenched at the centre of the planning process. Balancing academic rigour with readability, Planning Toronto is the definitive history of Toronto area urban planning.We hope to have a review up here in good time.