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Accidental City: The Transformation of Toronto Hardcover – Mar 1 1996


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  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T) (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395773075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395773079
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IMHO on April 9 2008
Format: Paperback
Forget the ridiculous one-star review because of lack of pictures. This book, although out-of-print, is well worth hunting down for those who love cities and especially those with a fondness for Toronto (especially, again, I might add, for those who grew up in the city as I did). Mr. Fulford wrote an excellent book with engaging and insightful comments and historical insight into many unique aspects of the city, and how it grew and developed into what it is today. The author weaves together history, architecture, social context, personal comments, humour and nuggets of little known facts with entertaining and vivid prose (no photos required!!).
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By saskatoonguy on June 6 2001
This books walks the reader through the history of Toronto with special emphasis on its architecture and city planning. We're introduced to various neighborhoods, and Fulford discusses specific buildings that he regards as either assets or eyesores, often including a bit of historical background on how that building came to be. The great flaw of the book is that there are only 16 pictures. When Fulford discusses a building (for instance, the Commercial Bank of the Midland District at 15 Wellington Street) we're supposed to be able to picture it in our mind's eye, a daunting challenge even for Toronto residents. In the same vein, an entire chapter is dedicated to criticizing the CBC Broadcasting Centre, but nowhere is there any illustration of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great tales of a great city May 10 2012
By Rob Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Robert Fulford has a love for Toronto, which I share absolutely. I found it fascinating to peek behind the curtain and learn some of the stories that explain how Toronto came to be what it has become. I only wish this book were longer. I could happily have read a lot more. As it is, I went back to the start and dove into re-reading it.
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A unique look at a great city. Nov. 7 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fulford grew up in Toronto. I purchased his book "The Best Seat in the House" and never put the thing down. This is another great read. He was a childhood friend of the great pianist Glenn Gould, and his memories of the City of Toronto are priceless. His look at Toronto today is unique, especially as the City transforms into the new Megacity in January 1998.
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A lost opportunity to document Toronto's architecture June 6 2001
By saskatoonguy - Published on Amazon.com
This books walks the reader through the history of Toronto with special emphasis on its architecture and city planning. We're introduced to various neighborhoods, and Fulford discusses specific buildings that he regards as either assets or eyesores, often including a bit of historical background on how that building came to be. The great flaw of the book is that there are only 16 pictures. When Fulford discusses a building (for instance, the Commercial Bank of the Midland District at 15 Wellington Street) we're supposed to be able to picture it in our mind's eye, a daunting challenge even for Toronto residents. In the same vein, an entire chapter is dedicated to criticizing the CBC Broadcasting Centre, but nowhere is there any illustration of it.

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