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Introducing: Another Glass Box, a new weekly architecture feature

13 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Keesmaat’s Next Venture, Shitty Architecture Men, Mod Squad, Presto Problemo, Bench Press, and more in this debut edition. Another Glass Box is a weekly roundup of urban design news in Toronto (and occasionally beyond), in bite-size pieces. Show More Summary

Has Toronto Become a City of Instagram Photo Ops?

13 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Food, art, even public space now seems to revolve around aesthetic value as judged by the social network. Whether it’s a small new restaurant or a major art gallery exhibition, it seems Toronto’s cultural institutions must cater to the “like” seeking set. Show More Summary

Eye on Hate: “Hijab Hoax” fuels alt-right protests

13 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The fabricated incident has driven some Chinese-Canadians to make common cause with alt-right stalwarts. On February 18, hundreds of demonstrators packed into tour buses in Toronto and were shuttled to a “Rally Against Hijab Hoax” demonstration held at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Show More Summary

Our addiction to driving is costing lives, and more

13 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The solution is not to scold drivers but to make structural solutions.   I must confess: I was tempted to write a column along the lines of “Yes, it’s a war on the car, and it’s a just war!” But we don’t need a war on the car. What we need is an intervention. Show More Summary

Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan: The Bill is Due

As his parting gift to Toronto Council, City Manager Peter Wallace spells out the effect of years of promised new services and infrastructure unmatched by revenue to build and operate our dream city. Toronto Council is good at making...Show More Summary

Civic Tech: Hackers! To Your Stations!

For those who care about data, the City’s new Open Data Master Plan is about to change everything. One Saturday afternoon earlier this month, more than 100 people gathered at the Toronto Public Library for an annual gathering called CodeAcross, the city’s annual open data and civic tech event. Show More Summary

Extending the Yonge line will only make crowding worse

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Line 1 is over capacity—adding more stops isn't the solution. We need to talk about this idea to extend the Yonge line up to Richmond Hill. The Yonge line is already congested. Anyone who rides the subway regularly is aware of this. The immediate plans to address it are, shall we say, unimpressive. Show More Summary

A Last Minute Ten, Nine, Eight … Point Transit Plan

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The mayor's list of ideas to alleviate crowding offers little relief in the short term. Mayor John Tory announced a ten-point plan to fight congestion and delays on the TTC at a press conference just before Toronto Council began its final debates on the 2018 budget. Show More Summary

Bars, barriers and ghost amenities: Defensive urban design in Toronto

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A new website documents defensive urban design around the city. Hidden (and not-so-hidden) design features shape how we experience the city. Some of these features are meant to improve accessibility, like the textured yellow line that warns of the edge of subway platforms on the TTC. Show More Summary

Why Toronto real-estate agents are sounding the alarm over the city’s budget

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The latest statistics from TREB should worry councillors voting on the budget next week. Today, the Executive Committee met to approve the final version of the preliminary budget, which will make its way to council next week. Conveniently, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) also released its monthly roundup of GTA real estate stats. Show More Summary

First, we take King Street, then we take midtown

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The city could use more transit pilots—this time, let's try north of Bloor. The King Street Pilot has been a success for transit riders. There are debates about its impact on local businesses and differing opinions as to whether this experiment should be expanded to other surface routes. Show More Summary

What’s on the agenda for January-February City Council meeting?

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Your need-to-know guide to this week’s council meeting. City Council is convening today for its first meeting of the new year. On the docket: a waterfront transit update, the future of Old City Hall and — of course — a motion about bitcoin. Show More Summary

Civic Tech: For clues about Sidewalk Labs’ plans on Toronto’s healthcare, look to NYC

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A $20-million spinoff from Sidewalk will open an experimental clinic this year. Sure, you’ve heard of Sidewalk Labs—but what about their spin-off, Cityblock? Under Sidewalk Labs’ plan for Toronto’s eastern waterfront, the Quayside will become a test bed for all manner of experimentation and innovation, including healthcare. Show More Summary

Can the TTC Gain More Riders?

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Why ridership has plateaued and what can be done about it After many years of growing demand, the Toronto Transit Commission’s system hit a plateau of 535 million rides in 2014. Give or take a few million, the TTC has been stuck there ever since. Show More Summary

Public Works: How 2018 Will Redefine Toronto’s Use of Public Space

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This year, Toronto could see spaces reimagined in a way that will serve as inspiration for other cities. This year will be an important one for Toronto when it comes to the use of public space. Finally, we’re getting creative when it...Show More Summary

What Toronto can learn from New York about transit

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Policy coordination is all well and good, but NYC's example shows what happens when a city loses its say on transit. The former TTC CEO, Andy Byford, just started his new job in New York City. He is now in charge of the New York City Transit Authority, which is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Show More Summary

The King Street Pilot: Sorting Fact from Fiction

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The King Street Transit Pilot has been underway for two months. To some, it is a roaring success, while to others, better transit service marks the end of civilization. When this scheme was working its way to Council in 2017, rumours...Show More Summary

With Toronto’s low vacancy rate, we need more rental housing built now

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

There are proposals for new buildings, but the NIMBY crowd doesn't want them in their neighbourhoods. It might feel to those looking for a new apartment in Toronto that there just aren’t that many available. And there aren’t. According...Show More Summary

Eye on Hate: False reports of hate crime fuel anti-Muslim sentiment

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Even before today's police announcement, right-wing extremists were quick to accuse the 11-year-old of lying. Last week, an 11-year-old girl reported that a man tried to cut off her hijab with scissors while she was on her way to school in Scarborough. Show More Summary

Where Stephen King’s IT was filmed in and around Toronto

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Stephen King's scary magnum opus becomes a mega blockbuster, with more than a little help from Toronto. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

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