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Towards a Suburban Renaissance: A New Agenda for our City Suburbs

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1686 Ellesmere Road

Scarborough, ON M1H 2V5

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On the evening of November 1st, 2017 the Institute for New Suburbanism (INS) will host an evening workshop in Scarborough, Ontario to discuss suburban poverty. For this event, our keynote speakers will be Paul Hunter and John Stapleton.

With rising home prices, online retailers displacing local retail worker jobs, and the off-shoring of manufacturing jobs, suburban GTHA politicians and planners are challenged to maintain the quality of life for all residents in suburban communities.

The challenges are similar in the United Kingdom. London’s suburbs and suburbs of other large British cities are attempting to address the issue of suburban poverty. To learn how the UK is addressing these issues, workshop attendees will discuss the following:

  • How do suburban communities in the GTHA compare to suburban communities in the United Kingdom?

  • What new and innovative policies and practices from the UK can planners and politicians apply in the GTHA?

  • Can Paul Hunter’s Agenda for a Suburban Renaissance serve as a new agenda for suburban municipalities in the GTHA?

  • Given the disproportional amount of “working poor” in GTHA suburban communities compared to the downtown core of Toronto, are there land-use planning practices and policies that can improve suburban equity?

Paul Hunter is the Head of Research at the Smith Institute and has shown that, in the UK, most of those who live in poverty are living in the suburbs. He identifies the transit, economic development, sustainability and planning changes needed to provide better services and amenities to these residents. He has developed an agenda for a suburban renaissance. An example of Paul’s research can be found here: Towards a Suburban Renaissance: An Agenda for our City Suburbs.

Our GTHA commenter is John Stapleton. John is a writer, instructor and Innovations Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation. John has mapped the dramatically different socio-economic conditions in the GTHA core urban areas vs suburban areas. John’s work can be found here The Working Poor in the Toronto Region.

Details can be found on the above poster or at newsuburbanism.ca. Tickets are $30 for general admission ($35 at the door) and $20 for students ($25 at the door).

Please note that OPPI members undertaking CPL may claim learning units according the CPL Program Guide.

We hope to see you there!

Institute for New Suburbanism | info@NewSuburbanism.ca | 416-944-8444 x.225

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