Cities Apart: Toronto and Philadelphia after World War II

in Staying Italian

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226770741
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226770765 | DOI:
Cities Apart: Toronto and Philadelphia after World War II

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During the second half of the twentieth century, Toronto and Philadelphia charted opposite paths which set contrasting stages for Italian ethnic experience. The two cities reflected the unevenness of urban restructuring in North America after World War II, with Toronto emerging victorious in this regard and Philadelphia, at least until the 1980s, standing among the losers. Urban restructuring unfolded differently in Toronto and Philadelphia in part because of differences in postwar immigration policies between Canada and the United States. The divergent trends between the two cities were epitomized by housing values. Residents of Toronto's Little Italy and Italian South Philadelphia responded to these changes at citywide, regional, and national levels. This chapter explores the political, economic, and social dynamics that accounted for the marked differences between Toronto and Philadelphia in the decades after World War II.

Keywords: Toronto; Philadelphia; Little Italy; South Philadelphia; Canada; United States; urban restructuring; housing; immigration; social dynamics

Chapter.  8010 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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