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Cities have been sites of some of the most visible manifestations of the evolution of processes of globalization and population expansion, and global cities are at the cutting edge of such changes. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism examines changes in governance, property development, urban politics and community activism, in two key global cities: London and Toronto. The analysis is inherently comparative, but not in the traditional sense – the volume does not seek to deliver a like-for-like comparison. Instead, taking these two cities as empirical cases, the chapters engage in constructive dialogues about the contested and variegated built forms, formal and informal governmental mechanisms and practices, and policy and community-based responses to contemporary urban concerns. The authors position a critical dialogue on three central issues in contemporary urban studies: governance, real estate and housing, and community activism and engagement. Their less traditional approach to comparative framing seeks to understand London and Toronto from a nuanced perspective, promoting critical reflection on the experiences and evaluative critiques of each urban context, providing insight into each city’s urban trajectory and engaging critically with wider phenomena and influences on the urban governance challenges beyond these two cities.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. x
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  1. List of Acronyms
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Contributors and About the
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Introduction: Critical dialogues of urban governance, development and activism in London and Toronto
  2. Susan Moore, Susannah Bunce, Nicola Livingstone, Loren March and Alan Walks
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part 1. Perspectives on governance
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. 1 Capital flows in the capital: Contemporary governmental imaginations in London’s urban development
  2. Mike Raco and Nicola Livingstone
  3. pp. 23-37
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  1. 2 The elusive, inclusive city: Toronto at a crossroads
  2. Shauna Brail and Tara Vinodrai
  3. pp. 38-53
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  1. 3 Regulating property conditions in the private rented sector: The complex geography of property licensing in London
  2. Tatiana Moreira de Souza
  3. pp. 54-66
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  1. 4 Metromobility and transit- led urbanisation in London and Toronto
  2. Theresa Enright
  3. pp. 67-79
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  1. 5 The governance of urban public spaces in London: In the public interest or in the interest of local stakeholders?
  2. Claudio De Magalhães
  3. pp. 80-92
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  1. 6 London, its infrastructure and the logics of growth
  2. Daniel Durrant
  3. pp. 93-105
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  1. 7 Governing urbanisation in the global city: A commentary
  2. Alan Walks and Mike Raco
  3. pp. 106-112
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  1. Part II. Real estate and housing
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. 8 Governing urban development on industrial land in global cities: Lessons from London
  2. Jessica Ferm
  3. pp. 115-129
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  1. 9 Global city, global housing bubble? Toronto’s housing bubble and its discontents
  2. Alan Walks
  3. pp. 130-144
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  1. 10 Trends and issues in the (unaffordable) London housing market
  2. Tommaso Gabrieli
  3. pp. 145-157
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  1. 11 Housing crisis in a Canadian global city: Financialisation, buy-to-let investors and short-term rentals in Toronto’s rental
  2. Emily Hawes and Sean Grisdale
  3. pp. 158-174
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  1. 12 Planning for densification and housing in London: Urban design and real estate agendas in practice
  2. Michael Short and Nicola Livingstone
  3. pp. 175-190
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  1. 13 Addressing equity concerns in land value capture: The spatial distribution of community benefits in Toronto’s urban redevelopment
  2. Jeff Biggar and Matti Siemiatycki
  3. pp. 191-207
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  1. 14 Real estate and housing: A commentary Dynamics of a housing crisis - the politics and planning of housing in London and Toronto
  2. Susannah Bunce and Nicola Livingstone
  3. pp. 208-216
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  1. Part III Community, activism and engagement
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. 15 DIY: Making space in Toronto’s ‘Creative City’
  2. Loren March
  3. pp. 219-232
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  1. 16 Pragmatic fix or a farewell to welfare? Making sense of and contesting the financialisation of public land and council housing in London
  2. Joe Penny
  3. pp. 233-245
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  1. 17 Community-based responses to exclusionary processes of neighbourhood change in Parkdale, Toronto
  2. Elena Ostanel
  3. pp. 246-258
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  1. 18 Time to be an activist: Recent successes in housing activism in London
  2. Pablo Sendra and Daniel Fitzpatrick
  3. pp. 259-273
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  1. 19 Engagement and activism in community land ownership: The emergence of community land trusts in London and Toronto
  2. Susannah Bunce
  3. pp. 274-288
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  1. 20 Community, activism and engagement: A commentary
  2. Loren March and Susan Moore
  3. pp. 289-296
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  1. Conclusion: Critical dialogues on urban governance, development and activism in London and Toronto
  2. Alan Walks, Susannah Bunce, Nicola Livingstone, Loren March and Susan Moore
  3. pp. 297-305
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 306-311
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787356795
Related ISBN(s)
9781787356801
MARC Record
OCLC
1224361398
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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