Table of Contents
Preface – Why These Reflections?
Introduction – Why Do Cities and Urban Governance Matter for Canada?
Part I – What Do We See?
Chapter 1 – Changing Cities
Leading Practices: The Canadian Healthy Communities Project
Chapter 2 – Some Emerging Issues and Questions for Cities
Viewpoint: Promoting the Long View
Chapter 3 – The Evolving Context for Cities
Leading Practices: Bio-climactic Urbanism – Profiling the work of Norman Pressman
Part II – What Does It Tell Us?
Chapter 4 – Key Considerations for an Urban Agenda
Viewpoint: Repositioning Strategies in Urbanism
Leading Practices: Heritage Rehabilitation – The Lachine Canal in Montreal
Viewpoint: Thinking Strategically about Transportation
Chapter 5 – Window on the Future of Canadian Cities
Leading Practices: The Vancouver Experience
Leading Practices: Planning for Future Generations – Canada’s Capital Region
Part III – What Do We Need To Do About It?
Chapter 6 – Start with a Vision…
Viewpoint: Reframing the Grand Vision
Leading Practices: Visioning in a Contemporary Context – Hamilton Vision 2020
Chapter 7 – Five Themes for Action
Chapter 8 – Urban Agenda: Connections
Leading Practices: Addressing Contemporary Urban Development Challenges – Profiling the Work of Avi Friedman
Viewpoint: Speaking Truth to Power
Viewpoint: Making Inter-Professional Exchange Happen
Chapter 9 – Urban Agenda: Resources
Viewpoint: Breaking Down Administrative Silos
Leading Practices: Creative Urbanism – Toronto Kings Area
Chapter 10 – Urban Agenda: Generations
Viewpoint: Fostering Professional Succession
Chapter 11 – Urban Agenda: Collaboration
Viewpoint: Leading Inter-Governmental Dialogue
Leading Practices: Inter-Governmental Collaboration – Western Canada Tripartite Agreements
Chapter 12– Urban Agenda: Institutions
Leading Practices: Planning for First Nations Communities
Viewpoint: Working Collaboratively with Politicians
Chapter 13 – Getting On Canadians’ Radar Screens
Viewpoint: Steering Controversial Initiatives
Viewpoint: Advocating for a Planning constituency
Chapter 14 – Pulling It All Together
Conclusion – Why Am I Cautiously Optimistic?
Postface – My Ideal Canadian City