Shaping the Metropolis: Institutions and Urbanization in the United States and Canada
In his new book, Shaping the Metropolis: Institutions and Urbanization in the United States and Canada, Zack Taylor compares the historical development of intergovernmental policymaking for Canadian and American cities since the 19th century with a particular focus on Toronto, Vancouver, Portland, and Minneapolis–St. Paul. He argues that provincial intervention, combined with the way in which parliamentary institutions make decisions, has often protected Canadian cities from the inequities that plague American cities. Growing political polarization may push an effective provincial-municipal partnership beyond reach, however. On October 7, 2019, Professor Taylor presented his book’s main ideas.