Institute without Borders Connecting Divided Places program
Borders are interesting demarcations to consider. I think about this in terms of planning in the DC metropolitan area, where you have three "states", Maryland, Virginia, and DC, that ought to be coordinating better what they do.
Of course, many other metropolitan regions cross state borders. And in some places you have multistate agencies like the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
At the same time, there is the general city versus suburb issue, in a variety of dimensions. And the fact that "suburbs" are urbanizing and beginning to offer "urban" lifestyle choices--this started some time ago, beginning with Federal Realty's creation of Bethesda Row in Bethesda, Maryland more than 10 years ago.
And because I have been writing articles about culture based revitalization efforts in Europe and the European Union, I have become a lot more conscious of the "one market" and borderless region that Europe is for European citizens, but also the close proximity of the various nations, and how some metropolitan areas cross national borders, and how the EU is motivated to improve less well off areas is to reduce population migration from poor areas to comparatively wealthy areas.
So the fact that Toronto's Institute without Boundaries has released a call for "curriculum partners," for a new project, Connecting Divided Places, to investigate social, economic, environmental, and cultural divisions in cities throughout 2014 and 2015, seems very interesting to me.
If you have some ideas for projects, you should check it out.