An Indian and the Witch’s Hut

It was 1981. I had recently moved to Canada. I was a few months past being called a “turban head” or “rag head”, the favourite racist terms for Sikhs who wore turbans. A few months after moving to Canada as a Sikh teenager, my family marched me down to a hair dresser to get my…

Building Failure: In Search of Sustainable Cities

“The destructive effects of automobiles are much less a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building”. Jane Jacobs. In most major cities on the planet, the downtown core is the most intensive consumer of capital investments compared to any other part of the city. The typical downtown is often home to commercial…