How Toronto Got Addicted to Cars

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How Toronto Got Addicted to Cars

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Toronto is a city with some great potential, and one of the best cities in Canada. But it has a problem: it’s addicted to cars. Here’s how that happened.

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References & further reading:

History of Toronto
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Toronto

By William Armstrong – This image is available from the Toronto Public Library under the reference number TRL JRR 291, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5985519

By Arthur Cox (1840 – 1917), after Edward Walsh (1766/7 – 1832) – This image is available from the Toronto Public Library under the reference number TRL, X 4-1, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6034112

https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/local-history-genealogy/2019/03/remembering-torontos-first-subway-march-30-snapshots-in-history.html

Toronto Historical Streetcar Photos courtesy of Transit Toronto
Photographer: Richard Glaze
https://transittoronto.ca/streetcar/4100.shtml

Historical Photos of Toronto from the City of Toronto Archives:
https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/access-city-information-or-records/city-of-toronto-archives/whats-online/digitized-photographs-by-fonds-and-series/

https://www.blogto.com/city/2011/10/that_time_when_toronto_was_a_city_of_parking_lots/

The Yellowbelt – Map TO
http://www.mapto.ca/maps/2017/3/4/the-yellow-belt

Map of Toronto with the borders of the 1974 – 1998 boroughs indicated
By Lencer – own work, used:OpenStreetMap
created with Greater toronto area map-de.svg by NordNordWest, CC BY-SA 3.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6077610

The Amalgamation of Toronto
http://www.mapto.ca/maps/amalgamation

Vote breakdown shows pre-amalgamation split
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/vote-breakdown-shows-pre-amalgamation-split-1.894941

Amalgamation of Toronto
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalgamation_of_Toronto

TORONTO ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS FAILURE OF AMALGAMATION
https://www.newgeography.com/content/001890-toronto-election-highlights-failure-amalgamation

Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Toronto Megacity
http://www.publicpurpose.com/n-torref.htm

The Megacity Threat to Toronto: Less Democracy for More Money
http://www.publicpurpose.com/tor-emp.htm

The fight for TORONTO
https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1997/3/17/the-fight-for-toronto

Sizing up amalgamation, 20 years on
https://torontoist.com/2018/01/sizing-amalgamation-20-years/

Toronto: Trouble in the megacity, facing a financial crisis in 2010
https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/after-copenhagen/toronto-trouble-in-the-megacity-facing-a-financial-crisis-in-2010/

THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF AMALGAMATION: THE CASE OF THE CITY OF TORONTO
https://www.yorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/205/2020/10/MontrealPaper3.pdf

Toronto Election 2010 Map
By DrRandomFactor – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54168674

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: I Was Drunk But Never High at Work
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/toronto-mayor-rob-ford-i-was-drunk-never-high-work-n146556

Pt 1 John Tory on Toronto’s Financial Situation (May 16, 2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MclpbpTe1dQ

Strategic Plan for Cycling in Toronto:
The “Toronto Bike Plan – Shifting Gears” (All Wards)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2001/agendas/council/cc010724/plt8rpt/cl003.pdf

Premier Doug Ford and the politics of spite
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/11/15/premier-doug-ford-and-the-politics-of-spite.html

The War on Cars 74. Not Just Bikes with Jason Slaughter
https://thewaroncars.org/2021/11/30/not-just-bikes-with-jason-slaughter/

This video contains photos and video licensed from Getty Images


Chapters

0:00 Introduction
1:14 The early history of Toronto
2:20 CARS! WE NEED MORE CARS!
2:35 Gotta get rid of those streetcars
4:17 Freeways everywhere
5:27 What was left of Toronto
5:55 Car-dependency in the suburbs
6:52 The MEGACITY
9:21 The worst mayor Toronto ever had
11:30 How the Conservatives f-up cities
13:02 You need to vote. DO IT.
14:25 Conclusion
15:00 My travel problems and NordVPN

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