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Attitudes & behaviour

Housing as consumer product

Housing as consumer product

Housing has for decades been a major component of economic growth–and economic decline–in Canada and the US. The recent economic...

The “haves” and “have-nots” at Canadian universities

The “haves” and “have-nots” at Canadian universities

If you’re a Canadian university student, there’s an easy way to tell where your faculty stands in the university’s hierarchy....

Suburban nostalgia

Suburban nostalgia

Among my colleagues in urban planning, suburbia is seen as one of the most powerful forces shaping our towns and...

Modern racism in “the most multicultural city in the world”

Modern racism in “the most multicultural city in the world”

Most Canadians would deny that theirs is a racist country. Scholars refer to the White Paper (1976) on multiculturalism and...

Now it’s really over: Margaret Wente says the car-free culture is here to stay

Now it’s really over: Margaret Wente says the car-free culture is here to stay

I wrote recently about the end of GM, and noted that many advocates of sustainable transportation were looking forward to...

R.I.P. G.M.

R.I.P. G.M.

General Motors, the world’s largest car manufacturer from 1931 to 2008, filed for bankruptcy today. In consequence of its receiving...

All is one; all is planning

All is one; all is planning

One of the main topics of conversation in our PhD programme is the ever-expanding definition of planning. For us, planning...

Act One: Hollywood films featuring planning issues

Act One: Hollywood films featuring planning issues

In 2008’s Wall-E, Waste Allocation Load Lifter (Earth Class) operates in solitude on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Humans, with the aid...

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