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Former Mayor John Sewell's new book, How We Changed Toronto ($29.95) has hit the Spacing Store and is featured as the Book of the Issue for the fall edition of Spacing.

From the issue:
Toronto was almost a very different place. The 1960s left the city at a crossroads — city council vouched for unrestricted growth while urban activists fought for restraint. Toronto largely chose the latter. The 1970s saw City Hall adopt progressive stances on issues like housing, neighbourhood preservation, and transportation infrastructure. John Sewell, one of the prime movers of that critical decade, chronicles the influential period in a new book, How We Changed Toronto: the inside story of 12 creative, tumultuous years in civic life.

The account — part autobiography, part history lesson — kicks off with Sewell’s somewhat accidental, and partially reluctant, entrance into civic politics when he began helping residents of Trefann Court protect their homes from demolition and urban renewal projects. Sewell's tale meanders through his time on city council, the mayoralty of David Crombie, and Sewell’s own stint in the city’s top chair.

An inside look at a period with a lasting legacy, How We Changed Toronto is a crash course in how participatory democracy made its way into the corridors of power in Canada’s largest city.
- Nathaniel Basen

Written by Adrienne Comars — October 01, 2015

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