URBAN HISTORY REVIEW/
REVUE D'HISTOIRE URBAINE

Vol. 40, No. 2 (2012)
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
Number of articles: 11

Articles

Pages 3-14
Early Town Planning Legislation in Nova Scotia: The Roles of Local Reformers and International Experts - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Jill Grant; Leifka Vissers; James Haney

Abstract

In 1912 Nova Scotia was the second province in Canada to adopt a town planning act. Just three years later, the province substantially revised its act under the guidance of Thomas Adams, town planning advisor for the Commission of Conservation. The article examines the context within which Nova Scotia adopted and then overhauled its early planning legislation. While Canadian planning history generally credits Adams with rewriting the legislation, the article documents the mechanisms through which key local actors drove provincial policy. Changes to provincial legislation in Nova Scotia in 1915 reflected the confluence of national interests, international town planning expertise, and local reform agendas.

Pages 15-27
"Like a fragment of the old world": The Historical Regression of Quebec City in Travel Narratives and Tourist Guidebooks, 1776–1913 - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Jack Little

Abstract

Although it was largely ignored in the late eighteenth century, Quebec City figured prominently on the North American circuit of British travel writers in the earlier years of the nineteenth century, when the obligatory description of the view from and of Cape Diamond served as a metaphor for imperial expansion. From this perspective, Quebec was not only the site where Wolfe had won his great battle against the French in 1759, it was also a military stronghold and gateway to an empire that stretched to the Pacific Ocean. The story told by American travel narratives and tourist guidebooks was rather different. They tended to see Quebec as unprogressive and of interest primarily because of its antiquity—an image that local tourism promoters turned to the city's advantage as its population growth stalled in the later nineteenth century. With the arrival of the railways and the growing reliance on tourism as an industry, Quebec City's image reverted to an early stage of the historical progress narrative, becoming frozen in a mythical past as a picturesque fragment of medieval Europe.

Pages 29-44
From "Honest Connie" to "Rockpile Rink": The Political Rise and Fall of Cornelius Rink in 1930s Regina - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): J. Brennan

Abstract

Little has been written about Depression-era municipal politics in Canada. This article considers Regina's experience by examining the turbulent career of its most successful populist politician, Cornelius Rink. He was twice elected mayor (in 1933 and 1934) on the strength of his appeal among Regina's immigrant and working-class voters. Then in 1935, in the aftermath of the On-to-Ottawa Trekkers' sojourn in the city and a riot there on 1 July, social democrats and trade unionists with an attractive platform and a more effective organization managed to unseat Rink with the votes of many of those same immigrant and working-class Reginans. Cornelius Rink was Regina's first populist mayor, but as it turned out he would be its only one.

Book Reviews

Pages 47-48
Cameron, Christina, Claudine Déom et Nicole Valois. Le Campus. Le patrimoine architectural et paysager de l'Université de Montréal / The Architectural and Landscape Heritage. Montréal : Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2010. 140 p., ill., bibl. Texte français et anglais - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Marc Grignon
Pages 48-49
Lüthi, Dave. La construction de l'architecte. Histoire d'une profession en Suisse Romande 1800-1940. Neuchâtel : Éditions Alphil – Presses universitaires suisses, 2010. 131 pages. Bibliographie - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Louis Martin
Pages 49-50
Dagenais, Michèle. Montréal et l'eau. Une histoire environnementale. Montréal, Boréal, 2011. 306p. - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Gabriela da Costa Silva
Pages 50-51
Boisvert, Michel. Montréal et Toronto. Villes intérieures. Montréal : Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2011, 256 pages - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Fabien Deglise
Pages 51-52
Charbonneau, André et Laurier Turgeon (dir.). Patrimoines et identités en Amérique française. Québec : Presses de l'Université du Québec, coll. «Culture française d'Amérique» (CÉFAN), 2010. Pp. 316 - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Karine Hébert
Pages 52-53
Linteau, Paul-André. La rue Sainte-Catherine. Au coeur de la vie montréalaise. Montréal : Pointe-à-Callière, Les éditions de l'Homme, 2010. Pp. 237 - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Peggy Roquigny
Pages 53-54
Delémont 1875-1975 : Urbanisme et habitat. De Philippe Daucourt, avec des contributions de Pierre-Yves Donzé et François Kohler (Neuchâtel : Éditions Delibreo, 2010) - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Nicholas Roquet
Pages 54-55
Burgess, Joanne et Paul-André Linteau, dir. Le Vieux-Montréal, un « quartier de l'histoire » ? Québec : Éditions MultiMondes, 2010. Pp. viii, 156. Illustrations - PDF through Erudit
Author(s): Patrice Groulx

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