Back to the future: Google’s vision for Toronto is straight out of the 19th century
Even if the negotiations fall apart thanks to Google’s demands or the city’s recalcitrance, there’s still good news: the most important parts of Sidewalk’s plans, the parts that would most determine whether the city’s eastern waterfront becomes a livable, green place that could accommodate Toronto’s burgeoning growth, don’t require Google’s impressive piles of money at all. The city could do it on its own — if it actually wants to.
There’s also this article from John Lorinc. The conclusion I’m coming to is that the plans aren’t bad – it’s Google’s involvement that makes them dodgy.
Toronto’s ‘city of the future’ is being built next to a relic of our past
In search of the elusive Lawren Harris “Toronto House”
I had no idea Harris painted city life.
Want Amazon’s new HQ in your town? Must have bike lanes, says Amazon
Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death
That’s great, but I hate how the Liberals don’t do anything unless there’s an election on the horizon. They could have saved lives by doing this years ago.
How chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat tried to stop the Scarborough subway
As the top bureaucrat announces her departure from city hall, the untold story of how she tried but failed to prevent what’s been called the city’s biggest transit “boondoggle” can be found in her email inbox
Toronto’s outspoken chief planner quits
How an urban farming collective is planting seeds of change
Pizza Pizza fight began with complaint that order took too long, witness says
Canadians being polite as usual
King Street pilot project wins city council approval
Good… I think? The plan is a little confusing. Simpler to just make it transit / bike / pedestrian only.
Toronto’s ambitious bike plan, one year later
As you might expect, a little disappointing
We Bought a Crack House
Everyone’s favourite hate read this week, in which a yuppie couple evict a bunch of poor people so they can renovate their third property and blow $1-million through a series of poor decisions
My daily commute by bike turned me into a witness of a truly tragic event
We will look back on how our roads are structured in decades to come and consider it barbaric.
Axing OMB boosts cities’ planning power – for better or for worse
On the proposed replacement for the not well-loved Ontario Municipal Board
The dirty secret of Toronto’s bacteria-laced harbour
While the city tests for E. coli at Toronto’s beaches, a few kilometres away, in the city’s inner harbour — home to boating clubs, windsurfers and paddleboarders — elevated E. coli levels are considered so common, no government agency is even routinely testing.
A community divided: The fight over Canadian values threatens to boil over in Peel
A comic that combines the TTC with magical monsters. I’m in!