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David Crombie's heroic quest to protect the commons

Jan 05, 2016

Another year, another “Crombie report.” Another detailed compendium of supple recommendations cleverly designed to tease yet another irksome political problem into submission. The tiny perfect fixer has done it again.

More than 40 years ago, David Crombie fixed Toronto. As leader of the municipal reform movement that forever changed the practice and direction of local politics, Crombie remains the most popular and effective mayor the city has ever known. With his latest effort, the blandly titled Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-1041, he and his fellow blue-ribbon panellists have charted the path to fix the entire urban region — one that is fast deteriorating into a large-scale replica of the brutalized cityscape Crombie and his fellow reformers fixed so long ago.

As leader of the municipal reform movement that forever changed the practice and direction of local politics, David Crombie remains the most popular and effective mayor the city has ever known, writes John Barber.

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