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Ep. 06: Jennifer Keesmaat on the future of cities Bright Future

    • Business

Are our cities a reflection of the people who live in them? Are they built for people? As our economy starts to recover, will our cities? Or are these sprawling urban jungles built for a different time, retrofitted as our needs have changed? Is now a good time to rethink the city? Our guest this episode, Jennifer Keesmaat, is passionate about creating places where people flourish. She was Toronto’s chief planner for five years and has been named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by MacLean’s and one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life. Currently, she’s the CEO of The Keesmaat Group, senior-level urbanists working to find solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. She joins us to talk about how our cities will emerge from the pandemic, and how the changes we’re seeing can be important lessons in how we navigate our communities. We talk population density, resiliency, planning, and sudden changes we’ve had to make. What changes should we keep? We also talk about how the pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in our cities, especially for racialized and vulnerable communities. Read the 2020 Declaration for Resilience in Canadian Cities Recent articles by Jennifer in Foreign Affairs: "The Pandemic Does Not Spell the End for Cities" Macleans: "Should our lives be centred around our neighbourhoods post-coronavirus?" Mentioned in this episode: A Call to Courage, by Jay Pitter Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/

Are our cities a reflection of the people who live in them? Are they built for people? As our economy starts to recover, will our cities? Or are these sprawling urban jungles built for a different time, retrofitted as our needs have changed? Is now a good time to rethink the city? Our guest this episode, Jennifer Keesmaat, is passionate about creating places where people flourish. She was Toronto’s chief planner for five years and has been named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by MacLean’s and one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life. Currently, she’s the CEO of The Keesmaat Group, senior-level urbanists working to find solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. She joins us to talk about how our cities will emerge from the pandemic, and how the changes we’re seeing can be important lessons in how we navigate our communities. We talk population density, resiliency, planning, and sudden changes we’ve had to make. What changes should we keep? We also talk about how the pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in our cities, especially for racialized and vulnerable communities. Read the 2020 Declaration for Resilience in Canadian Cities Recent articles by Jennifer in Foreign Affairs: "The Pandemic Does Not Spell the End for Cities" Macleans: "Should our lives be centred around our neighbourhoods post-coronavirus?" Mentioned in this episode: A Call to Courage, by Jay Pitter Listen to our other podcasts at conferenceboard.ca/insights/podcasts. You can find all of our research here: conferenceboard.ca/

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