Bob Fabian's LIFE Courses

Sustaining the Social Fabric of Downtown Toronto

 

[Presentation slides (as pdf files) are attached below.]

 

The traditional neighbourhood social fabric is much less present in the vertical towers springing up across downtown Toronto. What will it be like to live, work, study, shop, or play in that future? Will there be places that are important for people? What, if anything, should we do to strengthen our future downtown social fabric? What has made downtown places successful? How will people find welcoming communities and meaningful places? A master plan is being developed for our downtown – TOcore. What should we be telling the planners and the developers? This course will sample material about places, place making, and social fabric. It will invite planners, developers, and business people to tell us what they are doing and what we can do. We’ll ask some important questions, and discuss and debate possible answers.

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