How do different types of transit affect our society?
"Metropolis and Mobile Life", January 31



Isn’t now the time to expand and elevate the level of debate in Toronto surrounding what type of transit to build and whether to tear down or restore aging expressways? Can we better measure these choices in light of the broader effect that different modes of transit infrastructure can have on society?

Next Thursday, the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design is hosting an upcoming forum, “Metropolis and Mobile Life” to investigate those questions. Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor of Urbanism, Daniels Faculty, moderates the debate, featuring two prominent speakers on the topic of urban transportation:

“Metropolis and Mobile Life” explores the relationship between physical and social mobility and how moving in and through cities influences our attitudes toward them. The speakers will discuss how reforming transit infrastructure and changing travel behaviour can result in new modes of living and new kinds of urban space. The organizers hope to elevate the level of debate beyond “light rail vs. subways” and explore new ways of thinking about urban mobility.

The event takes place:

Thursday, January 31
from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre,
93 Charles Street West.

The discussion is part of the Daniel Fora series. The fora present “vigorous, engaging and accessible discussions of interest not only to students, alumni, and professionals, but also the broader public. The goal of these public events is to bring together different perspectives to raise the level of debate, build relationships and stimulate discussion among academics, institutions and the general public.”

You’ll need a ticket to attend this public event. Due to the popularity of previous events in the series, all ticket holders must arrive by 6:20 p.m. to claim their tickets. If you don’t have a ticket, you’ll have to join a rush line to get any available tickets. After 6:20 p.m., the organizers will make unclaimed seats available to those in the rush line.

Copies of Tom Vanderbilt’s book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), will be available for sale at the event. The Daniels Faculty is presenting this event in partnership with Places journal of design.


Getting there by public transit:

  • 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway to Museum Station. Walk north half-block along Queen’s Park, then east half block along Charles Street West to the theatre.
  • 2 Bloor - Danforth subway to Bay Station. Walk south one block along Bay Street to Charles Street West, then walk west two blocks to the theatre.
  • Northbound TTC buses operating along the 5 Avenue Rd route to Queen’s Park north of Charles Street West. Walk east half-block to the theatre.
  • Southbound buses operating along the 5 Avenue Rd route to Bloor Street West. Cross at the signal to the south-east corner of Queens Park and Bloor Street West. Walk south one block along Queen’s Park, then east half-block to the theatre.
  • Northbound buses operating along the 6 Bay route to Bay Street at Charles Street West. Cross Bay at the signal, then walk two blocks west along Charles West to the theatre.
  • Southbound buses operating along the 6 Bay route to Bay Street south of Charles Street West. Walk two blocks west along Charles West to the theatre.