Monthly Archives: December 2009

David Pecaut – Collaborative City Builder

Sadly, last week, David Pecaut, the originating force behind the Toronto City Summit Alliance, passed away from a battle with cancer.  I never had a chance to meet him personally although I know several who worked with him.   I posted about him last winter.  In the week before he died he wrote a letter outlining his vision for Toronto.  It is a truly lovely and inspiring vision that I agree is possible to achieve.   We will miss you David.

Divergence in Neighbouring Cities – Buffalo

As a resident of Toronto, I am a little bit curious about what is happening in cities bordering Lake Ontario – cities that share a common history, but whose destiny seems to be diverging.  Buffalo has seen an outflow of residents for the past generation and the city is being taken on a different path.   One can learn something vital about different possibilities of community that can exist in our neighbouring cities.  The Daily Dish has a post of some of the directions Buffalo is heading.

Lisa Rochon & Enrique Peñalosa Q & A

Lisa Rochon’s Q & A with Enrique Peñalosa’s following his keynote address, entitled “What Makes A Good City?” at the 2009 IIDEXNeoCon Canada Exposition and Conference and Green Building Festival in September of 2009.

Enrique Peñalosa in Toronto

Enrique Peñalosa’s “What Makes A Good City” at the 2009 IIDEXNeoCon Canada Exposition and Conference and Green Building Festival in September of 2009.

Did Christianity cause the sub-prime crash?

The recent global financial crisis was caused by irresponsible lending practices in the US.  This interesting article by Hanna Rosin in the Atlantic magazine asks whether the type of popular American Christianity, sometimes referred to as the “prosperity gospel”, was responsible for creating the mindset that allowed the situation to build.