Big Moves: Global Agendas, Local Aspirations, and Urban Mobility in Canada (McGill-Queen's Studies in Urban Governance #13) (Paperback)

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All countries have distinctive urban regions, but Canadian cities especially differ from one another in culture, structure, and history. Anthony Perl, Matt Hern, and Jeffrey Kenworthy reveal that despite the peculiarities and singular traits that each city embodies, a common logic has guided the development of transportation infrastructure across the country. Big Moves analyzes how Canada's three largest urban regions - Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver - have been shaped by the interplay of globalized imperatives, aspirations, activism, investment, and local development initiatives, both historically and in a contemporary context. Canadian urban development follows a distinct pattern that involves compromise between local viewpoints and values and the pursuit of global capital at particular historical junctures. As the authors show, the success or failure of each city to construct major mobility infrastructure has always depended on the timing of investments and the specific ways that cities have gained access to necessary capital. Drawing on urban mobility history and global city theory, this book delves into the details of the big moves that have affected transport infrastructure in major Canadian cities. Knowing where urban development will head in the twenty-first century requires understanding how cities' major mobility infrastructures were built. Big Moves explains the shape of Canada's three biggest cities and how their mix of expressways and rapid transit emerged.

About the Author


Anthony Perl is professor of urban studies and political science at Simon Fraser University. Matt Hern is a community organizer, independent scholar, writer, and activist. He lives in Vancouver, BC. Jeffrey Kenworthy is emeritus professor at Curtin University and guest professor at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

Praise For…


"Big Moves is an original and long-overdue examination of mass motorization and rapid transit development in Canadian cities. The book's focus on the intersection of global forces and local visions and politics is critical to understanding how cities develop and shape transportation infrastructure and density." Byron Miller, University of Calgary

"Big Moves is an original and long-overdue examination of mass motorization and rapid transit development in Canadian cities. The book's focus on the intersection of global forces, local visions, and politics is critical to understanding how cities develop and shape transportation infrastructure and density." Byron Miller, University of Calgary


Product Details
ISBN: 9780228001614
ISBN-10: 0228001617
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2020
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: McGill-Queen's Studies in Urban Governance