It’s time for Canadian cities to think regionally

The Urban Strategist by André Darmanin

Regardless if you are from Barrie, Aurora, Pickering or Mississauga, more often than not travellers from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) say they are from Toronto because it is a recognized world city. Even our sports franchises realize the importance of promotion in order to reap the economic benefits  So why can’t our government leaders think regionally?

Leaders with a vision think inside and outside their city’s borders.  They think globally, regionally and locally. Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley from the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC are authors of the book “The Metropolitan Revolution.”  At the Detroit+Toronto Symposium earlier this month, references were made to regional governance, leadership and to this book by several panel members. Earlier this year I had a chance to read this book and was interested to see how mayors such as John Hickenlooper and Antonio Villaraigosa were able to engage fellow politicians from surrounding…

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