• Miles From One Year Ago…

    In June 2011, I embarked on a year-long project that would bring me back to each of my hometowns to learn more about the places I’d lived. There were many that had shaped me — from Montreal and Toronto to San Francisco and New York — and I wanted to get a good feel for their

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  • Jane Jacobs & The Neighborhoods of Toronto

    “People would ask me after we had decided to stay, “Well, when are you coming back?” “Well, we’re not. We are living here.” “Oh, but you can’t just—you’ve got to come back to real life.” And I would say, “It’s just as real.” This is very hard for Americans to understand and I think that

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  • Miles From Monday: Toronto’s Moore Park

    June 4, 2012, Toronto: Our old hometown has grown up considerably since we left just like we have. Real estate prices are high, construction teams are busy, and the city of Toronto has come into its own. Six miles from the massive condos and highrises in the center of the city’s core, the changes are equally

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  • Just One More Trip

    “I could feel history and geography transforming me, and I fell stupidly in love with travel.” -Brad Newsham, from ‘Take Me With You: A Round-The-World Journey to Invite a Stranger Home’ April 26, 2012, Washington, DC: I bought one more plane ticket last night. It’s for the final trip I’ll be making for the purposes of

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