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Message from the Director

David Amborski

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Center for Urban Research and Land Development (CUR) to address the mandate of Ryerson University to undertake applied policy-based urban economic research that supports the University’s City Building Mission.

The intent of CUR is to focus on the economic impacts and aspects of urban issues and policy alternatives in an effort to have economic analysis be central to the formulation of urban policy decisions within the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Our feeling is that this component is often not fully analyzed and/or considered in urban policy decisions. By undertaking research and holding seminars on these topics, we hope to help inform decision makers and the public regarding the importance of these issues.

We are also very excited about the educational benefits of the Centre to our students who will not only gain from the research reports and seminars provided, but also from the opportunity to participate in the research undertaken in a manner that allows them to learn about the issues and to hone their research and policy skills for their professional careers.

Economic consultant, Dr. Frank Clayton, alumnus Patrick O’Hanlon (SURP 1983), and myself spent almost two years talking with planners, government officials,  and industry representatives to identify the mission for the Centre, and to seek donors to support it.  It has now become a reality and we look forward to carrying out the mission and activities of the Centre with the advice of our high profile and experienced advisory committee.

David Amborski
Director, Centre for Urban Research and Land Development