Big city elections in Canada

Big city elections in Canada

/ Lucas, Jack & McGregor, R. Michael. (Eds.). — Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2021.

1 online resource (xiii, 266 pages) : graphs, maps, PDF.

The studies in the book use data from the Canadian Municipal Election Study to analyze municipal elections in the eight largest cities in Canada in 2017 and 2018: Calgary, Montréal, Québec, Vancouver, London, Mississauga, Toronto and Winnipeg. Each case study consists of three parts: the election narrative (candidates, issues and results); an analysis of the correlates of the mayoral vote (i.e., socio-demographic characteristics, social and economic ideology, economic evaluations, and issue variables); and an analysis of issues specific to the city. The issues discussed in the latter part include perceptions of provincial partisanship, prospective voting, political parties, effects of housing affordability, ranked ballot voting, disconnect between the racial makeup of council and the community, and interest in plebiscites and the effect on voter turnout. The conclusion compares the correlates of voting behaviour in all cities and considers the distinctiveness of municipal politics.

 

The green city and social injustice: 21 tales from North America and Europe

The green city and social injustice: 21 tales from North America and Europe

/ Anguelovski, Isabelle & Connolly, James J. T. (Eds.). — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2022.

1 online resource (xxiv, 335 pages) : illustrations, PDF. — (Routledge equity, justice and the sustainable city).

The book comprises 21 case studies on the social impacts of urban greening projects in cities around the world, including displacement and gentrification. It includes cases on urban greening of working class and low-income neighbourhoods and displacement because of green urbanism in Milan, Amsterdam, Bristol and Valencia; greening projects on brownfields and industrial sites in Cleveland, Dallas, Glasgow, San Francisco and Seattle; other gentrification drivers that combine with urban greening in Montréal, Dublin, Barcelona and Philadelphia; racial inequities and greening projects in Atlanta, Austin, Washington, D.C., and Boston; and greening projects that incorporate social justice in Copenhagen, Nantes, Vienna and Portland. The penultimate chapter identifies policy, planning and financial tools for equitably greening urban environments in North America and Europe.

 

Keeping Canada running: Infrastructure and the future of governance in a pandemic world

Keeping Canada running: Infrastructure and the future of governance in a pandemic world

/ Doern, G. Bruce; Stoney, Christopher; & Hilton, Robert. — Montréal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2021.

1 online resource (xiv, 443 pages) : illustrations, PDF. — (McGill-Queen's/Brian Mulroney Institute of Government Studies in Leadership, Public Policy, and Governance series ; 3).

The book examines the emergence of infrastructure policy at the federal, provincial and local levels; the definition of infrastructure; the challenges and risks associated with infrastructure development in a multi-level system; the presence of corruption in infrastructure governance and control of corruption; funding models for infrastructure; and challenges for Canadian infrastructure in the near future. The first part explores the conceptual foundations through a literature review and outlines the history of multi-level policy and governance approaches to infrastructure finance, development and maintenance in Canada. It also covers international infrastructure policies including governance of shared infrastructure between Canada and the United States. The second part empirically analyzes six Canadian infrastructure policy and governance regimes: (1) business infrastructure, (2) infrastructure financing, (3) transport infrastructure, (4) housing infrastructure, (5) energy and environmental infrastructure, and (6) science, technology and innovation infrastructure.

 

The platform economy and the smart city: Technology and the transformation of urban policy

The platform economy and the smart city: Technology and the transformation of urban policy

/ Zwick, Austin & Spicer, Zachary Devon. (Eds.). — Montréal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2021.

1 online resource (x, 323 pages) : illustrations, map, PDF. — (McGill-Queen's studies in urban governance series ; 15).

The first part explores the benefits and impacts of platform economy and the regulation of short-term rentals in Toronto. The second part explores the entry of ride hailing in Canadian cities, partnerships between Uber and public transit, and regulatory models for autonomous vehicles. The third part discusses the historical progress of the smart city, the Smart Cities Challenge, cities as platforms, the privatization of smart city building and the data implications through the example of Sidewalk Labs' failed Quayside project, and industrial innovation derived from proximity in the case of Silicon Valley. Chapters consider lessons learned and the implications for planning and policy.

 

(Re)generating inclusive cities: Poverty and planning in urban North America

(Re)generating inclusive cities: Poverty and planning in urban North America

/ Zuberi, Dan & Taylor, Ariel Judith. — New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2018.

1 online resource (xi, 121 pages) : illustrations, PDF. — (Routledge research in planning and urban design).

The book explores urban renewal trends in North America focusing on the conflict of neoliberal approaches (e.g., public–private financing) and urban equity, the impact of these projects on the quality of life of urban residents and gentrification of neighbourhoods, and alternative approaches. It covers mega-project development for urban renewal in Boston, New York City and Montréal; promotion of residential social mix and regeneration projects in the United States (HOPE VI), Toronto (Regent Park) and Seattle; brownfield redevelopment in Detroit, Brooklyn and Toronto; and the impact of neoliberal urban policies on urban renewal in Vancouver. Finally, it considers the trends, drivers and outcomes of urban regeneration in North America and makes policy recommendations to improve the equity of urban planning and regeneration.


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