Urban and regional planners, architects, urban designers, and other experts from across North America examined the impact of a city's growth and form on the ability of its citizens to achieve and maintain social equity and environmental health. In Cities in Our Future, case studies of five North American metropolitan areas - New York, Toronto, Cascadia (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland), Mexico City, and Los Angeles - are presented, with in-depth analyses of their physical terrain, design, planning, and development. Contributors discuss problems that the cities have experienced, how those problems have been handled, and strategies for avoiding or managing similar problems in the future. They consider historical and contemporary transformations of the cities as well as issues of environment, equity, sustainable development, governance, and civic design. Foreword / Wally N'Dow -- Preface / Robert Geddes -- Introduction / Ellen Posner -- Justice and the City / Alan Ryan -- From the Environmentally Challenged City to the Ecological City / John Spengler and Tim Ford -- Los Angeles: The First American City / Richard Weinstein -- Toronto: An Urban Alternative / Gardner Church, Kenneth Greenberg and Marilou McPhedran -- City Design and the Development of New York City / Jonathan Barnett -- New York: A Region at Risk / Robert D. Yaro and Thomas K. Wright -- Cascadia: An Emerging Regional Model / Alan Artibise, Anne Vernez Moudon and Ethan Seltzer -- Mexico City: The City of Palaces / Xavier Cortes Rocha and Fernando Greene -- Afterword / Aliye Pekin Celik.