An Introduction to CITY
The City Institute at York University (CITY) brings together over 60 of the university’s urban scholars and scores of graduate students from fields as diverse as planning, geography, environmental studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, education, law, transportation and the humanities. This interdisciplinary institute facilitates critical and collaborative research, providing new knowledge and innovative approaches to comprehending and addressing the complexity of the urban arena.
The Institute also plays a vital role in developing Canada’s next generation of leaders and thinkers, with graduate and post-doctoral fellows playing a central role in the life of the Institute and CITY’s researchers have long-standing relationships with community groups, NGOs and policymakers.
CITY currently houses a number of research projects including the Major Collaborative Research Initiative “Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century”. Learn more about other CITY research projects here.
CITY frequently hosts events, including our City Seminar series: check the event archives for information and to access audio and video from past talks. Below are clips from the recent Suburban Revolution Conference.
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YORK UNIVERSITY RESEARCH POINTS THE WAY TO A MORE EQUITABLE TRANSIT FUTURE FOR THE GREATER TORONTO AND HAMILTON AREA
TORONTO – FEB. 2, 2016 – In the fast-growing, complex and diverse Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, transit discussions rarely focus on improving access for the greatest number of people and addressing the complex needs of the public. As plans are made, money is spent, routes are plotted and fare schedules are set, “transit equity” must enter the discussion.
Next Stop: Equity – Routes to Fairer Transit Access in the Grater Toronto and Hamilton Area, a York University study released today, argues we need to reframe the discussion to consider transit equity, or how to use infrastructure investment and operation to help the greatest number of current and future transit users across the region.
Instead of focusing on equality, where everyone is treated the same, transit equity recognizes that people have different needs, situations and challenges that require different responses.
Research for Next Stop: Equity was funded by Metrolinx and conducted by Roger Keil at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, City Institute researcher Sean Hertel and planning Master’s student Michael Collens. It relied on extensive stakeholder consultations, case study research and an analysis of fares across the 10 GTHA transit agencies.
AUTHORS & CONTACT INFORMATION:
SEAN HERTEL leads an urban planning consulting practice and is a researcher at the City Institute at York University, specializing in transit-oriented development, housing and suburbs. firstname.lastname@example.org / @Sean_Hertel
ROGER KEIL is York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and Principal Investigator of the Major Collaborative Research Initiative, Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century. email@example.com / @rkeil
MICHAEL COLLENS is a student in the Masters in Environmental Studies program at York University, concentrating on planning for sustainability and equitability in public transportation. firstname.lastname@example.org / @michaelcollens
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