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Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto Paperback – Jan 18 2013

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: COACH HOUSE BOOKS (Jan. 18 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552452662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552452660
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a story about both Toronto's past and present, how the city has relentlessly and collaboratively reinvented itself. But it's also a story about Toronto's future, and what that future might mean for all global cities. This is a story that says you can ?ght city hall.

'A fascinating read and compelling snapshot of a city...' - Quill & Quire

'...[A] considered, and surprisingly personal, look at what makes Toronto tick.' - National Post

'...[A] book that should be on every nightstand in the city.' - Books Under Skin blog

About the Author

Edward Keenan serves as senior editor and lead columnist at The Grid magazine in Toronto. An eight-time finalist at the National Magazine Awards, he was the top editor at Eye Weekly , is a contributing editor at Spacing magazine and writes widely on politics, sports and culture.

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I'd give it 4.5 starts. Do I think it's perfect, no, but in the absence (at least in my field of view) other similar books, it's pretty close to offering very good overlook of Toronto.
Mind you, the language gets dry and complex at times, it's fairly "academic" i.e. non-personal accounts are generally quoted well (good thing imho).
As a Torontonian of over 10 years, I really appreciated the retrospective of city planning history, especially that of Scarborough, although, I think at least a brief account of other old city of Toronto suburbs from planning point of view would be great.
The books lays out good analysis with researched support of why Toronto is where it is (economy, planning, politics).
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I read Some Great Idea in one sitting and will read it again. Great insight into the origins of the City Hall that we have today, comments on the the players and how they came to power and what it will take to bring change.
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Edward Keenan is a great Toronto-based journalist that really captures the essence of our city in this book. It's the perfect set up for anyone looking to know more about the lead up to Rob Ford's many foibles.
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HASH(0xa05e68c4) out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Residents in the Inner Suburbs Dec 28 2013
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This book was highly recommended for me to read. I have considerable interest in trying to find solutions to Transportation issues affecting the GTHA. The author provided me with some background to the issues that I would not necessarily have read during my research. Ed Keenan's personal perspective while living in Scarborough was quite illuminating.
This book is best read in sections. There is much to ponder, especially when reading the material on David Miller and Rob Ford.