The Metropolitan Problem
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 23 Mar 1950, p. 266-275


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The Metropolitan Problem


A metropolitan area and how it differs from an ordinary small urban community. An analogy of a metropolitan area with a spider web. Change in and around the Toronto area through growth, growth that is unlikely to stop. The metropolitan area one with common problems and common interests. The need to bring some of these interests together in order to provide the best civic services. An examination of services and facilities that could be tied together. The value of linking together all the major services that the local government is called upon to provide, with example. Application to the Ontario Municipal Board by the City of Toronto for an amalgamation of 11 municipalities and parts of two others. The eventual need beyond this area for a broad planning control embracing at least 23 municipalities. Arguments for and against amalgamation. The main obstacle to amalgamation political. An examination of the amalgamation issue in London, England in 1837. Examples of annexation to the City of Toronto in the past. Concern with the issue of cost and the speaker's response to it. The question of local autonomy. Mimico's application to the Municipal Board for an interurban service area, and their suggestion that certain services be linked. Developing strong ward association and neighbourhood associations in a large city.