Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity

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Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity, Jay Pitter & John Lorinc - Editors (Coach House Books, 2016)

Greater Toronto is now home to a larger proportion of foreign- born residents than any other major global metropolis. Not surprisingly, city officials rarely miss an opportunity to tout the region’s ethno-cultural neighbourhoods. Yet there’s strong evidence that the GTA is experiencing widening socio-economic disparities that have produced worrisome divisions. We say that ‘diversity is our strength,’ but has a feel-good catchphrase prevented us from confronting the forces that seem to be separating and isolating urban communities?

Through compelling storytelling and analysis, Subdivided’s contributors – a wide range of place-makers, academics, activists and journalists – ask how we can expand city-building   processes to tackle issues ranging from transit equity and trust-based policing to holistic mental health, dignified affordable housing and inclusive municipal governance.  Ultimately, Subdivided aims to provoke the tough but pressing conversations required to build a truly connected and just city.