The Urban Transformations symposium will begin with a free public keynote talk by Edward Keenan on the night of Friday, June 20th at the Wychwood Barns. Author of Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto (Coach House; 2013), Keenan will discuss his observations of the recent political history of Toronto as well as his thoughts on the importance of community in areas like St. Clair West within the future of the “Megacity” of Toronto. His keynote, titled “St. Clair West: The Building Blocks of Urban Vitality,” will be followed by a question and answer period.
Over the last decade, Edward Keenan has emerged as one of the most astute and widely-read commentators on municipal politics in Toronto. Along with his new book, he is senior editor and lead columnist for Toronto magazine The Grid and a contributing editor at Spacing magazine.
The talk and Q & A will be hosted by Sean Kheraj, professor of Canadian urban and environmental history at York University and author of Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History (UBC Press, 2013). Doors open 7pm. Talk begins 8pm.
This event is open to the public.