Tricia is Professor of Geography at York University, with expertise in citizenship and identity, attachment to place, activism, and cities, particularly issues of mobility and belonging. She also writes a transit column, formerly at Torontoist and now for the Spacing magazine website.
What does it mean to be a citizen of the city? Cities are mobile places: everyone is always going somewhere. The ease and accessibility of that movement is critical to a city’s success and the well-being of its residents.
How the city plans its land use determines the nature of that mobility: how far and by what mode of travel people have to move to meet their daily needs of employment, education, shopping, services and recreation.
The structural issues of land use planning and transportation are important for understanding who gets to access all the city has to offer, and what it costs them to do so. What opportunities individuals and groups have, or don’t have, speaks to fundamental questions about who we are collectively as a city.