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Exciting news, dear readers!

Your Urban Geographer is taking flight, and traveling to the biggest city in Carolinia — New York City, that is.

Though I defined the southern limits of Carolinia’s borders as a small portion of upstate New York, a broader definition of the Carolinian bioregion includes New York City — the same forest as Toronto. The Carolinian forest is known as the Eastern Deciduous forest in the US due to slightly different approaches to ecology north and south of the border. In any case, I am excited to explore New York City with this bioregional lens.

Though there are no ravines in New York City, to my knowledge, I will explicitly find my way to forested urban areas, to feel the forest. Will it feel familiar? Will I recognize the species? Will I find parallels between New York and Torontonian culture, since they have the same ecology?

My hypothesis for Toronto is that the Carolinian ecoregion is dynamic, small scale and dense. The dynamacy certainly holds true for New York, but does the small scale, dense beauty remain the same there? Since Toronto is at the northern edge of Carolinia, perhaps the growth gets larger further south, explaining New York’s propensity for grandeur. We will have to wait and see.

For now, one clue is the New York Parks and Recreation logo: a maple leaf — an important species for Carolinia, up here.

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These days, I’m learning a lot about the beauty of the Toronto region.

Compared to the West Coast, where there are enormous mountain ranges and wide-girthed trees, Toronto’s beauty lies in the micro, where one can find an infinity of dynamic and fine grained processes — the ice, the soil, the ferns — emerging and fading away.

Toronto’s microscopic beauty is very much of its Carolinian ecology. This Eastern Deciduous forest is a dynamic life zone, its beauty lying in the small, interconnected and temporal.

I also see this in the dynamacy of the human culture that inhabits these lands: Toronto is a land of immigration, of multiple identities. Toronto’s dense neighbourhoods are a fine grain of human settlement.


Please enjoy this GIF I made to illustrate the beauty of Toronto’s micro-processes. Look closely…amongst the ice and the finely textured grasses, you might find a bit of Toronto in there…




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The above was presented at the exciting Urban Ecologies conference 2013, which wrapped up today. If you have any questions about Carolinia, please contact me