I moved to Canada when I was 10.
To North York.
When I came to Toronto, I went to an arts school. My studio faced the towers in North York.
Over time, I developed an artistic appreciation of the city.
As an urban planner, I notice a stark contrast here.
Between the North American idea of a suburban home, with a white picket fence.
Right next to towers. Which I’m actually more familiar with from China.
Seeing that weird juxtaposition made me really interested in cities, and how they’re formed.
Thanks to Helen for sharing her story. Check out the STEPS Initiative, an arts and community engagement organization she helped start when she was 19!