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September 18


Vertical Living In The City


What If Neighbourhoods Were Built For Health?

As Toronto’s reputation as a prosperous metropolis grows, the city’s lurking poverty and socio-economic divisions are often ignored.

What If Vertical Communities Were Built For Families?

What if our city took a new approach to improving liveability for families living in dense areas?

What If High Rise Living Is Changing Us?

In his song High Rise, Cadence Weapon describes the competitive race to secure housing and a dystopian lifestyle of missed connections.


Tai Huynh

Editor-In-Chief, The Local

Julie Bogdanowicz

Architect & Urban Designer at City of Toronto

Cadence Weapon

Rollie Pemberton
Rapper & Producer

Annely Zonena

Senior Planner at City Of Toronto

Central is excited to partner with The Bentway to continue our mission to educate residents through expert analysis of urban issues with a free weekly speaker series called Central Talks at The Bentway starting Tuesday, September 18 and continuing until October 2.

The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space located at 250 Fort York Blvd. that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population.

The new Strachan Amphitheatre will provide the ideal venue to bring together residents of surrounding communities to explore alternate histories, potential futures and fanciful ideas for pressing urban issues under the theme ​If, But, What If.

We're always looking for outstanding speakers to discuss urban issues, present their research, and uncover hidden trends. Learn more and be a speaker this fall.

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