Detroit + Toronto: Drivers for a Healthy City followed by the Toronto the Good Party

Detroit + Toronto: Drivers for a Healthy City is a symposium that is being held from 8:30am to 5:30pm on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Carlu in Toronto. This even is a chance to reinvigorate discourse, trade, movement, cultural exchange and investment between two great cities linked by history, industry and culture.

Entrepreneurs, activists, politicians, city staff, and developers will come together to propose innovative ideas in urban development; to investigate emerging issues in collaborative city building, and to discover opportunities for investment in both Toronto and Detroit.

A range of dynamic speakers will broach topics such as: stabilization and redevelopment outside the downtown core; the rapid redevelopment of derelict historic skyscrapers; creative economies in the post-industrial city; philanthropy, public engagement, poverty and prosperity in the post-industrial urban economy; and what is in store for Toronto and what kind of city do we want for tomorrow?

Confirmed Toronto participants include former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford; city councillors Karen Stintz and Kristyn Wong-Tam; Matt Blackett of Spacing magazine; Cynthia MacDougall of McCarthy Tétrault; Kevin Stolarick of the Martin Prosperity Institute; and Michael McClelland and Scott Weir of ERA Architects.

Confirmed Detroit participants include Mark Denson of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.; Brian Rebain of the Kraemer Design Group; Abir Ali of Hudson-Webber Fdn. and Ali Sandifer Studio; Mark Nickita of ArchiveDS; David Egner of Hudson Webber Fdn. and NEISM; and Matthew Clayson of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

The day will be split into four sessions, each including short presentations and time for a Q&A session. It will be a great learning opportunity and a chance for exciting new Toronto-Detroit collaborations.

Registration for the symposium is $90; for more information, please visit

Following the symposium is the 2013 edition of Toronto the Good – this year a Detroit-themed party – which runs from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. This popular party is thrown each year by ERA Architects and friends, and it celebrates Toronto and gives urban-minded people a chance to network and debate Toronto’s history, evolution and future.

This year’s party will feature delicious hors d’oevres, a Detroit-themed cocktail, and Detroit-inspired music. We expect upwards of 800 guests to attend in the lovely Art Moderne interior of Toronto’s Carlu.

Admission to the party is free, and there is a cash bar. Please RSVP to

For more information regarding either event, please visit or call Michael McClelland of ERA Architects at 416.963.4497 x227.