A change of guard in our Innovation & Job News section
All good things must come to an end. Edward Keenan, one of the founding editors of Yongestreetmedia.ca, is moving on.
With his work as senior editor at The Grid
and his family, which grew in number last fall, Keenan's a busy guy at the best of times. But right now he needs even more time to finish up the book he's been working on. Called Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto,
be published by Coach House Books this fall.
"It's largely about the past decade in the city's evolution—a time where the city has really grown into its role as a global urban centre and has been thriving economically and culturally, but a time when we've also recently elected a mayor dedicated to the idea that the city is in decline," says Keenan.
In his time at Yonge Street
, Keenan has reported on startups that are doing things so innovative, it's sometimes a challenge to describe exactly what it is they do. He's witnessed this city's boom in digital media and biotech. In a numbers-driven news section—How much investment? How many jobs?—he's also found some interesting personalities.
"If there's anything I learned on my beat at Yonge Street
it's that the idea Toronto is somehow a hostile climate to growth and business is a complete lie," says Keenan. "But the real problems areas—especially the lack of transit infrastructure and the growing alienation of the inner suburbs— are real issues the city needs to talk about and address, as the current mayor has made abundantly clear. We've come to an interesting point in the public debate, and the book will look at where we go from here."
We're calling first dibs on covering the book when it's published.
Book publishing's gain is Yonge Street
's loss. But there is good news. We have found a great replacement for Keenan. After a publishing break the week of May 23 for Victoria Day holidays, we'll introduce our new Innovation and Job News editor.