Writing

Books

Author, Toronto Public Etiquette Guide

Introduction (and co-editor), 25 Toronto Transit Secrets

Introduction (and co-editor), 50 Toronto Hidden Gems & Curiosities

Articles in books

"The St. George campus takes shape", in uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto, eds. Jason McBride and Alana Wilcox. Toronto: Coach House Press, 2005

"The challenges of the creative city", in The State of the Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto, eds. Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio and Jonny Dovercourt. Toronto: Coach House Press, 2006

"Humanism and Learning", in Renaissance and Reformation, ed. James A. Patrick. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2007

Magazine articles (print and online)

"Richard Florida’s Frankenstein Moment", Literary Review of Canada, June 2017

"Mask Panic: Past and Present", Toronto Review of Books, Issue 4, June 2012. Republished in The Toronto Review of Books: Tasting Menu, Toronto: 2013

"Three Generations of Magic Between E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, and Lev Grossman", Toronto Review of Books, November 3, 2015.

"The Wit and Wisdom of Misha Glouberman", Toronto Review of Books, September 12, 2012 (Review of Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti, The Chairs Are Where the People Go)

"Robert Darnton and the Digital Public Library of America", Toronto Review of Books, August 10, 2012

Also various posts for Chirograph, the Toronto Review of Books blog.

News media

"Op-ed: This COVID winter we need Toronto’s parks to stay open more than ever", NOW magazine, Nov. 22, 2020 (joint with Dave Harvey)

"Historic side-street corner stores offer lessons for today’s cities", The Globe and Mail, October 3, 2020.

"Streets for everyone", Yonge Street, May 12, 2010.

"Car-friendly suburban streets can be deadly for pedestrians", The Toronto Star, January 20, 2010.

"A picture and a thousand words: the CCF Regina Convention of 1933", The Toronto Star, July 13, 2008.

"We will not see their like again", NOW magazine, February 28, 2008.

"Queen West test: Can area’s new historical designation stop the spread of cheap glass facades?" NOW magazine, January 10, 2008.

"Car-free streets may drive out the poor", NOW magazine, October 11, 2007.

"My impossible walk from the airport", NOW magazine, May 24, 2007.

"Hubba-hubba: the node that moves us. Euro mobility hubs seamlessly link transit, bikes, car-sharing and pedestrians", NOW magazine, April 12, 2007.

"No place to meet: We think we're a user-friendly city, but there's no iconic site to connect", in NOW magazine, January 11, 2007.

"Jaywalk This Way", in NOW magazine, July 13, 2006.

"No Feet in this Streets Plan", in NOW magazine, Feb. 2, 2006.

Spacing magazine

Since co-founding Spacing, I have contributed writing to almost every issue. I am also a regular contributor to the online Spacing Toronto.

Here is a selection of the longer articles (brackets indicate cover section):

  • "Housing Toronto", Issue 39, Spring 2016
  • "Internal Tourism", Issue 35, Spring 2015
  • "The next 10 years: Urbanism's Biggest Challenges", Issue 30, Winter 2014 (10th anniversary)
  • "The Impact of Riding and Walking", Issue 29, Fall 2013
  • "Tall vs. Small", Issue 26, Winter 2013 (Tall & Small)
  • "Urbanism for a New Century", Issue 23, Winter 2012
  • "Bless this Mess", Issue 18, Summer 2010 (noted by Utne Reader)
  • "Walk this Way", Issue 17, Spring 2010 (The Rules)
  • "Suburban Evolution", Issue 15, Summer-Fall 2009 (Suburbs)
  • "Hogging the Road", Issue 11, Spring 2008 (The Car & the City)
  • "Street Design", Issue 8, February 2007 (Intersections)
  • "More Strut in our Walk", Issue 7, September 2006 (Municipal Election) – Part of theme section that received an Honorable Mention from the Canadian Magazine Awards for Editorial Package
  • "Port Lands, 2043" and "The Official Future", Issue 4, June 2005 (Past and Future)
  • "Right foot forward: What does Toronto need to be a great pedestrian city?", Issue 2, June 2004 (Walking)