Large-scale development is once again putting Toronto's waterfront at the leading edge of change. As in other cities around the world, policymakers, planners, and developers are envisioning the waterfront as a space of promise and a prime location for massive investments. Currently, the waterfront is being marketed as a crucial territorial wedge for economic ascendancy in globally competitive urban areas. Reshaping Toronto's Waterfront analyses how and why 'problem spaces' on the waterfront have become 'opportunity spaces' during the past hundred and fifty years. Contributors with diverse areas of expertise illuminate processes of development and provide fresh analyses of the intermingling of nature and society as they appear in both physical forms and institutional arrangements, which define and produce change. Reshaping Toronto's Waterfront is a fundamental resource for understanding the waterfront as a dynamic space that is neither fully tamed nor wholly uncontrolled.
Gene Desfor is a professor emeritus and senior scholar in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Jennefer Laidley holds an MES in Urban Planning from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.
Introduction PART ONE: FORGING THE INDUSTRIAL WATERFRONT 1 Planning for Change: Harbour Commissions, Civil Engineers, and Large-Scale Manipulation of Nature MICHAEL MOIR 2 Establishing the Toronto Harbour Commission and Its 1912 Waterfront Development Plan GENE DESFOR, LUCIAN VESALON, AND JENNEFER LAIDLEY 3 From Liability to Profitabilit: How Disease, Fear, and Medical Science Cleaned Up the Marshes of Ashbridge's Bay PAUL S.B. JACKSON 4 From Feast to Famine: Shipbuilding and the 1912 Waterfront Development Plan MICHAEL MOIR 5 A Social History of a Changing Environment: The Don River Valley, 1910--1931 JENNIFER BONNELL 6 Boundaries and Connectivity: The Lower Don River and Ashbridge's Bay TENLEY CONWAY 7 Networks of Power: Toronto's Waterfront Energy Systems from 1840 to 1970 SCOTT PRUDHAM, GUNTER GAD, AND RICHARD ANDERSON PART TWO: SHAPING THE POST-INDUSTRIAL WATERFRONT 8 Creating an Environment for Change: The 'Ecosystem Approach' and the Olympics on Toronto's Waterfront JENNEFER LAIDLEY 9 From Harbour Commission to Port Authority: Institutionalizing the Federal Government's Role in Waterfront Development CHRISTOPHER SANDERSON AND PIERRE FILION 10 Cleaning Up on the Waterfront: Development of Contaminated Sites HON Q. LU AND GENE DESFOR 11 Who's in Charge?: Jurisdictional Gridlock and the Genesis of Waterfront Toronto GABRIEL EIDELMAN 12 Public-Private Sector Alliances in Sustainable Waterfront Revitalization: Policy, Planning, and Design in the West Don Lands SUSANNAH BUNCE 13 Socio-ecological Change in the Nineteenth and Twenty-first Centuries: The Lower Don River GENE DESFOR AND JENNIFER BONNELL References Contributors Index