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Toronto, possibly now beginning another cycle of somewhat confident creativity. Considering the generation of the 1950s. The City of Toronto in the 1950s. Recalling Toronto's then new City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. The installation of the then-controversial sculpture by Henry Moore. More examples of new buildings in Toronto from the 1960s and 1970s. America's New Great city - the City of Toronto by 1976 versus big American cities that were falling into ruin. This Toronto's top of the cycle of confidence, focus and creativity in the arms of the 1950s generation. The gentle slide under the Baby Boomers. The 1980s and 1990s. Some points of light. Evidence that the cycle is once again on the upside. Some cautions with regard to our public agenda. A discussion of the Royal Ontario Museum's regenerating process. The ROM project's role as the New Agora in our society and what that means. The role of the museum in Europe and North America. A brief history of museums and their function. The ROM as a new Commons, a new Agora. New activities and functions planned for the ROM.