Book ID: CBB230615528

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley (2014)

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A small river in a big city, the Don River Valley is often overlooked when it comes to explaining Toronto’s growth. With Reclaiming the Don, Jennifer L. Bonnell unearths the missing story of the relationship between the river, the valley, and the city, from the establishment of the town of York in the 1790s to the construction of the Don Valley Parkway in the 1960s. Demonstrating how mosquito-ridden lowlands, frequent floods, and over-burdened municipal waterways shaped the city’s development, Reclaiming the Don illuminates the impact of the valley as a physical and conceptual place on Toronto’s development. Bonnell explains how for more than two centuries the Don has served as a source of raw materials, a sink for wastes, and a place of refuge for people pushed to the edges of society, as well as the site of numerous improvement schemes that have attempted to harness the river and its valley to build a prosperous metropolis. Exploring the interrelationship between urban residents and their natural environments, she shows how successive generations of Toronto residents have imagined the Don as an opportunity, a refuge, and an eyesore. Combining extensive research with in-depth analysis, Reclaiming the Don will be a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Toronto’s development.

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Authors & Contributors
Graham, Wade
Morgan, Ruth A.
Hull, James
Brown, Robert Craig
Wells, Christopher W.
Reynard, Pierre Claude
Journals
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Technology and Culture
Environmental History
Australian Historical Studies
Railroad History
Publishers
UBC Press
University of Toronto Press
University of Washington Press
Viella
White Horse Press
The University of North Carolina Press
Concepts
Rivers
Environmental history
Environment
Urban history
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Urbanization
People
Kirschmann, August
Places
Canada
Toronto (Ontario)
Australia
United States
Italy
England
Times
20th century
19th century
18th century
21st century
20th century, early
17th century
Institutions
University of Toronto
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
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