Taras Grescoe “A Straphanger’s World Tour: How Transportation Alternatives Are Transforming the Cities We Live In”
Taras Grescoe, the award-winning author of six non-fiction books (among them the best-selling Bottomfeeder, Straphanger, and The Devil’s Picnic), has been a professional, full-time freelance journalist and author in Canada for the last twenty-five years.
Moving to and from work, school, and play is something we all do every day. Award-winning author and globetrotting travel writer Taras Grescoe will share stories from his book, Straphanger, taking us on a journey through some of the world’s greatest cities—from Paris to Tokyo, and via NY, LA, and Vancouver, to Bogotá and Moscow—to look at what they are doing right, and wrong, with their transport systems. In a time of generational change, when people are looking for alternatives to car-centric planning, Grescoe will present some of the most interesting transportation alternatives he’s encountered in his years of travelling, and discuss how those ideas can be applied to Canadian cities. It’s an inspiring glimpse of how convenient, affordable and sustainable transport can make the cities we love into more liveable places.
Taras Grescoe is the author of six books, including Straphanger, which received critical acclaim around the world. Straphanger was a Globe and Mail best book of 2012, and won The Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. Grescoe is also a leading voice on urbanism, whose writing on cities has appeared on the op-ed pages of the New York Times, The Guardian, Monocle, and The Atlantic’s CityLab. A familiar presence on CBC radio, television, and NPR, he has been named one of the top influencers on the theme of urban transportation on Twitter, where he maintains a popular feed on the theme of transportation and urbanism with 18,000 followers. His work has appeared in a great variety of major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, National Geographic Traveler, Gourmet, Wired, The Globe and Mail, The Times (UK) and The Independent.
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Mar 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM