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Duly Quoted: Former Mayor John Sewell

“The right response is to rethink the megacity and give each culture its own governing structures, its own voices. There’s no sense in continuing to force the two cultures to war within a single bosom.”

—Sewell, who served briefly as mayor of pre-amalgamation Toronto, writes, in today’s Globe, about the cultural, political, and historical significance of another mayor whose reign may end up being equally short: Rob Ford. Sewell argues, as others have before him, that Ford’s mayoralty is the result of a culture clash between downtown and the suburbs—one that was exacerbated when Toronto and its surrounding municipalities were consolidated into a single city in 1998. Unlike some other commentators, Sewell thinks the solution is to de-amalgamate.

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