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Kensington Market: Collective Memory, Public History, and Toronto's Urban Landscape Paperback – Jun 5 2015

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 1st Edition edition (June 5 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442616210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442616219
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #642,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kensington Market will doubtless serve as a source of inspiration for planners seeking more socially inclusive approaches to their work, and for students seeking case studies of unconventional urban development.’

(Jennifer Bonnell Ontario History, Autumn 2016)

‘Na Li sheds brilliant light on what precisely makes ethnic neighbourhoods "ethnic" in the eyes of both residents and outsiders, and how to preserve these neighbourhoods… Certainly this engaging and important work deserves a wide readership and will fill a key gap in the scholarly literature.’

(Jack Lipinsky Canadian Jewish Studies vol 24:2016)

"In Kensington Market: Collective Memory, Public History, and Toronto's Urban Landscape Li reveals layers of history and memory about this renowned multicultural neighbourhood in the heart of Canada's largest city. In less than one hundred pages, she cxonveys the importance of place, preservation, and memories." (Joanna Dawson Canada's History, April-May 2016)


Kensington Market combines scholarship with personal enthusiasm, empathy, and a commitment to communicating the essence of a place. Addressing Kensington Market as a distinctive place defined by its unique history, memories, and population, rendered in its evolving landscapes, Li recaps past planning attempts and recommends a shift from bureaucratic procedures to a more sensitive approach that incorporates the rich personal, cultural, and emotional experience of this neighbourhood.”

(Brian Osborne, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Queen’s University)

“Grounded in a wide range of contemporary and classic texts and spanning a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, Kensington Market shows Na Li’s deep connection to the market, its people, and its history.”
Pamela Robinson, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

Kensington Market offers an impressive depth of historical and empirical detail about Kensington, including its history, its challenges, the memories of its residents, and its changing urban landscapes. Those familiar with the rich history, structure, and evolution of this ‘port of entry’ for immigrants from all over the world will agree that this book provides a well-organized and representative snapshot of the journey of those that settled there and built and rebuilt the neighbourhood over the course of a century.”

(Carlos Teixeira, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia Okanagan)

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