Professors Ron Buliung and Michael Widener discuss accessibility in Toronto – The Varsity
Transportation and grocery store distribution make Toronto inaccessible, UofT experts say
Professor Ron Buliung and Michael Widener talk to the Varsity about the urban design decisions that create city-wide barriers.
“Despite the Toronto government’s commitment to creating an accessible and inclusive city — through legislation such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code — Toronto’s urban design remains centred around able-bodied individuals, according to Ron Buliung, a professor in U of T’s Department of Geography & Planning.”
“Michael Widener, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography & Planning, explained that individuals’ time, financial, or mobility constraints can hinder their ability to secure adequate nutrition. In a 2015 paper, Widener discussed how the traditional method of measuring access, identifying “food deserts” — residential areas that are not proximate to supermarkets — has not been a useful measure of food accessibility.”