Urban Suburbs

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:30 AM – 5:15 PM Tours
Open to All Attendees
Separate Ticket Required

Two major facts distinguish Toronto from many of its municipal cousins south of the border: (1) the urban core was never hollowed out, and (2) its suburbs began embracing high-density apartment towers as early as the 1950s. In the last decade, a strong regional policy framework has controlled sprawl and required major transit investments to be connected to intensified land use, leading to “highly urban suburban” development patterns. This tour will explore suburban growth centers and corridors in places like Mississauga, Markham, and Vaughan, showcasing the development patterns that have enabled Toronto to become the fastest-growing metro area in North America (and growing faster than any city in Europe) within a footprint half the size of Chicago’s despite its comparable population.

Tour Cost: US$125 per person, which includes lunch.

Things to Know:

  • Tours depart from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Tours take place rain or shine, so please be prepared!