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Mid-Sized Cities Research Series 2018

Evergreen's 2018 Mid-Sized Cities Research Series highlights important conversations and trends underway in Canadian cities: our urban population is growing, leadership is changing, municipalities need to be smart and open, and inclusion is a must, not a nice to have. The 10 discussion pieces prepared by researchers from across Ontario, demonstrate these perspectives through the lens of Canada’s mid-sized cities, with the goal of supporting Canada’s city-builders in creating the inclusive, innovative, and regenerative cities of the future.

Full Mid-Sized Cities Research Series 2018

Mid-Sized Cities Research Series Introduction: Making Space for Change

New Civic Leadership for Mid-Sized Cities: Pillar Nonprofit Network in London

In New Civic Leadership for Mid-Sized Cities: Pillar Nonprofit Network in London Neil Bradford and Michelle Baldwin explore the theory and practice of “new civic leadership” – an approach that values holistic community visions, multi-sectoral collaboration, and broad-based public engagement in shaping the city’s future.”

Smart Planning Our Future Cities: Supporting Healthy, Equitable and Sustainable Communities in the Digital Age

 In Smart Planning Our Future Cities: Supporting Healthy, Equitable and Sustainable Communities in the Digital Age Amanda Smith and Geneva Starr argue that developing a Smart City Master Plan can help municipalities identify needs, unite stakeholders and create a roadmap for using technology to achieve community goals. 

Digital Strategies and Smart Technologies in Ontario’s Mid-Sized Cities: An Emerging Role for Administrators

In Digital Strategies and Smart Technologies in Ontario’s Mid-Sized Cities: An Emerging Role for Administrators Angela Orasch conducts a preliminary assessment of the current governance models of smart city initiatives in Ontario’s mid-sized cities. 

The Role of Southwestern Ontario Mid-Sized Cities in a Regional and Rural Broadband Partnership

 In The Role of Southwestern Ontario Mid-Sized Cities in a Regional and Rural Broadband Partnership Helen Hambly, Jamie Lee, Geoff Hogan, Tammy McQueen, and Matt Rapke consider the role of mid-sized cities in the evolving architecture of regional broadband infrastructure in Southwestern Ontario and argue that mid-sized cities play an important role in the building and expansion of scalable high-speed internet. 

A Welcome Place for Newcomers? Immigration and Mid-Sized Cities

In A Welcome Place for Newcomers? Immigration and Mid-Sized Cities, Audrey Jamal examines the current literature on immigration and mid-sized cities and, using the City of Guelph as a case study, provides an overview of the strategies that local institutions in this mid-sized city are using to attract, retain, and support newcomer communities.

Indigenous–Municipal Relations: Beyond Consultation

 In Indigenous—Municipal Relations: Beyond Consultation, Clara MacCallum Fraser addresses the question of how municipalities begin to build relationships with Indigenous communities within whose territory they reside, and begin to move beyond token gestures and acknowledgements, towards deeply meaningful engagement. 

Identifying Built Barriers: Where do our Most Vulnerable Older Adults Live in Ontario’s Mid-Sized Cities?

In Identifying Built Barriers: Where do our Most Vulnerable Older Adults Live in Ontario’s Mid-Sized Cities? Samantha Biglieri and Maxwell Hartt discuss what it means for municipalities when a substantial portion of our potentially most vulnerable older adults are being limited by, and facing significant barriers in, their physical surroundings, and what can be done about it.

Connecting Memories with Nature: Opportunities for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities in Mid-Sized Cities

In Connecting Memories with Nature: Opportunities for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities in Mid-Sized Cities, Christopher Fullerton, Liette Vasseur, Kerrie Pickering and Marcie Jacklin demonstrate that mid-sized cities have the opportunity to accommodate elderly citizens in ways that larger cities cannot.

Anchors and Diversity: Understanding Decline and Resilience in Canadian Mid-Sized Cities

In Anchors and Diversity: Understanding Decline and Resilience in Canadian Mid-Sized Cities, Austin Zwick, Nick Revington and Maxwell Hartt explore the role of economic resilience and anchor institutions in the stabilization of population loss and the stimulation of local economic development.

Visualizing Density and the Drivers of Complete Communities

In Visualizing Density and the Drivers of Complete Communities Ariana Cancelli and Jeff Evenson summarize the methodology and key findings from Visualizing Density – a pilot project created by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups and private sector builders better understand density in the context of growth in their own communities.