Walkability in the Inner Suburbs of Toronto

March 21, 2014

Dr. Paul Hess, Associate Professor and Associate Chair & Director of the Program in Planning in the Department of Geography & Planning at U of T

Creating good places for people to walk is now recognized as crucially important for livable, healthy cities, but much of the conversation around walkability has little to do with conditions faced by people living in inner-suburban areas like Scarborough and Etobicoke. In this seminar I will present some research I have done over the past few years on walkability in the inner suburbs of Toronto, how they were structured by post World War Two ideas about planning and traffic engineering, and how we need to think differently about them if we are to improve conditions for their residents.