Urban Perspectives II – Regionalism

The focus on regionalism at the Urban Perspectives meeting was strong and hard hitting. The emphasis of Detroit’s health as a major factor in the success of surrounding areas was prominent. Toronto was brought up as an example where the key to revitalization was possible through its mass transit system. Being born and raised in and around Toronto, I know that transportation played a large role in the exponential growth of the city and suburbs which continues to this day. The Toronto that exists today is not a return to the past, but a manifestation of forward thinking. Old buildings and traditions are conserved amidst the new, but it is the increased awareness of the vital role the reputation of the city plays in the region that contributes to its success. Participation in Toronto’s economy by residents and suburban visitors are equally important. Only then do tourists take notice and become equally important contributors to the economy. We need to draw suburbanites in to live here and work here, but most importantly to drop their dollars here, be it in retail, entertainment, or investment.

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  1. sam smith (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

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