[Multi]Culture and the City: The representation of culture in Toronto’s Cultural Facilities Database

Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Summer 2008.

As urban communities are increasingly becoming the primary sites of cultural convergence around the world, municipal governments are in the best position to address the conflicts and opportunities that arise from these localised intercultural exchanges. Rather than be the concern of a single municipal department, multicultural issues are revealing themselves in unexpected locations such as planning, cultural, and economic development departments. This research analysed one particular initiative by the City of Toronto to take stock of all cultural facilities in the city in order to illustrate how diversity issues, specifically multicultural issues, are still considered to be outside the purview of cultural, social, and economic municipal interests.

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About Lia

I am a project manager and urban planner who loves discovering the uniqueness of places. I have traveled and lived abroad for >15 years, and love translating international ideas locally. I am a pragmatic creative. I take big ideas and make them happen here and now. I am as comfortable with a spreadsheet as I am with a sketching pen.

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