Streetcars and the Shifting Geographies of Toronto: A Visual Analysis of Change

By Brian Doucet and Michael Doucet

© 2022

When looking at old pictures of the city of Toronto, it is clear that the city’s urban, economic, and social geography has changed dramatically over the generations. Historic photos of Toronto’s streetcar network offer a unique opportunity to examine how Toronto has been transformed from a provincial, industrial city into one of North America’s largest and most diverse regions.

Streetcars and the Shifting Geographies of Toronto studies Toronto’s urban evolution through an analysis of photographs taken by streetcar enthusiasts, beginning in the 1960s. These photographers did not intend to record the urban form, function, or social geographies of the city; they were "accidental archivists" whose main goal was to photograph the streetcars themselves. But today, their images render visible the ordinary, day-to-day life in the city in a way that no one else did. These historic photographs show a Toronto before gentrification, globalization, and deindustrialization. Each image has been re-photographed to provide fresh insights into a city that is in a constant state of flux.

Gorgeously illustrated, this unique book offers an understanding of how Toronto has changed, and the reasons behind these urban shifts. The visual exploration of historic and contemporary images from different parts of the city helps to explain how the major forces shaping the city affect its city form, functions, neighbourhoods, and public spaces.

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  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Illustrations: 312
  • Dimensions: 8.5in x 1.0in x 11.0in
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Streetcars and the Shifting Geographies of Toronto visually compares historic and contemporary images of different parts of Toronto to better understand how and why the city has changed.

Streetcars and the Shifting Geographies of Toronto: A Visual Analysis of Change

By Brian Doucet and Michael Doucet

© 2022

When looking at old pictures of the city of Toronto, it is clear that the city’s urban, economic, and social geography has changed dramatically over the generations. Historic photos of Toronto’s streetcar network offer a unique opportunity to examine how Toronto has been transformed from a provincial, industrial city into one of North America’s largest and most diverse regions.

Streetcars and the Shifting Geographies of Toronto studies Toronto’s urban evolution through an analysis of photographs taken by streetcar enthusiasts, beginning in the 1960s. These photographers did not intend to record the urban form, function, or social geographies of the city; they were "accidental archivists" whose main goal was to photograph the streetcars themselves. But today, their images render visible the ordinary, day-to-day life in the city in a way that no one else did. These historic photographs show a Toronto before gentrification, globalization, and deindustrialization. Each image has been re-photographed to provide fresh insights into a city that is in a constant state of flux.

Gorgeously illustrated, this unique book offers an understanding of how Toronto has changed, and the reasons behind these urban shifts. The visual exploration of historic and contemporary images from different parts of the city helps to explain how the major forces shaping the city affect its city form, functions, neighbourhoods, and public spaces.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Illustrations: 312
  • Dimensions: 8.5in x 1.0in x 11.0in
  • Author Information

    Brian Doucet is the Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Social Inclusion in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo.


    Michael Doucet is an emeritus professor of geography at Ryerson University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures 
    List of Tables  

    Introduction: Streetcar Photography and the Changing City

    1. The Changing Geography of Toronto 
    2. Toronto in a Global Context 
    3. Neighbourhood Change 
    4. Visual Methodologies and Repeat Photography  
    5. Photographing Streetcars; Picturing Toronto
    6. A short History of Toronto’s Streetcars 

    Portfolio 1: Downtown 
    Portfolio 2: (De)industrialisation 
    Portfolio 3: Neighbourhoods 

    7. Interpreting Visual Change in a Divided City
    8. Neighbourhood Change, Mobility and Socially-Just Solutions

    References

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