Alan Walks in the Toronto Star speaking to gentrification “Hidden Pockets of Gentrification…”

The hidden pockets in Toronto where gentrification is really happening

Planning alumnus Sara Udow in the UofT News – These “Crazy Dames” want us to rethink the way we engage with the city

It’s not every day you get to hang out in a blanket fort.

And this is not just any blanket fort. It’s a sprawling, impressively constructed tunnel of colourful sheets, high enough that you can almost stand up – taking over a big part of the Gardiner Museum’s third floor.

It may look like a child’s fantasy but it was thought up by two innovative adults – alumna and urban planner Sara Udow and artist Jennie Suddick, otherwise known as the Crazy Dames.

The duo started Crazy Dames as a nod to urban theorist Jane Jacobs – who would have turned 100 this year.

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Michael Widener profiled in the UofT News – Mapping the city: Busting conventional wisdom on food deserts

Mapping the City is an ongoing series on the stories we can tell about people and places in Toronto through maps created by University of Toronto students and faculty.
In the fourth instalment, U of T News writer Romi Levine profiles the work of Michael Widener.

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Congratulations Andre Sorensen, UTSC Human Geography – Winner of the 2016 Association of European Schools of Planning Best Published Paper Award

This prestigious award is the best paper selected from nominations submitted by the Editorial Boards of 52 European planning journals
Congratulations to Andre, for his paper: “Taking path dependence seriously: an historical institutionalist research agenda in planning history”, Planning Perspectives 30(1): 17-38.

Steven Farber in the U of T News – Mapping the city: How transit can fix access to jobs in Toronto

Toronto is a sprawling city – one that keeps growing in all directions to accommodate the growing number of people who come to live here. But its vastness has made it hard to connect every part of the city with public transportation. That, in turn, has created inequalities in opportunity, especially between high and low income households.

Steven Farber, assistant professor of Geography and Planning at University of Toronto, set out to find the link between transportation and opportunity by creating a series of maps with the help of U of T students Jeff Allen and Maria Grandez.

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Congratulations to Jesse Ajayi, MCIP, RPP, and MScPl (2011). Jesse received Honorable Mention from the Canadian Institute of Planners for its President’s Award for Young Planners.


Jesse specializes in crafting plain-language municipal plans. He has managed planning departments in Nunavut and Northern Alberta, overseeing several statutory plan reviews and providing professional planning advice to dozens of communities. Jesse holds a Master of Planning from the University of Toronto and is currently the Director of Planning and Development for Athabasca County.

PhD graduate Benita Tam receives the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Robin Armstrong Memorial Prize for Excellence in Indigenous Studies

Don Boyes receives the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

Deb Cowen is one of two lead researchers on the new documentary Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise

Universe Within, an NFB documentary, looks at low-income highrises around the world to see if digital engagement can reduce isolation and social inequality (The Star)


How U of T researchers helped shape HIGHRISE, the NFB’s interactive documentary  (U of T News)


QS rankings put U of T Geography among world’s top 20 universities

QS rankings put U of T among world’s top 20 universities for geography, medicine, computer science, English and more (U of T News)


QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 – Geography & Area Studies (QS online)