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Extending the Yonge line will only make crowding worse

4 days 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

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

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

2 weeks agoCanada / 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

2 weeks agoCanada / 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?

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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?

last monthCanada / 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

last monthCanada / 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

last monthCanada / 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

last monthCanada / 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

last monthCanada / 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

last monthCanada / 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

last monthCanada / 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

New Muslim fellowship connects civic-minded students with city councillors

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The program, starting today, attracted criticism from right-wing pundits like Pamela Geller and Ezra Levant. A pioneering diversity initiative at City Hall will pair 13 interns with city councillors and the mayor’s office to work as aides, starting today. Show More Summary

Civic Tech: The City of Toronto must remain a public platform

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Sidewalk Labs' ideas for Quayside are not intended to stay in Quayside. Heading into a year of public consultations on Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, Civic Tech brings you this first piece in a series that will explore a range of issues raised by residents concerned about the project. Show More Summary

Public Works: A skating loop in the city’s new “civic living room” opens

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Bentway is Toronto's answer to NYC's High Line. The Bentway, an expansive new public space under the Gardiner Expressway, officially opens tomorrow morning, with a celebratory skate along a 220-metre, figure-eight shaped loop. The...Show More Summary

Prominent Islamophobe Pamela Geller visits Toronto

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Plus: An update on hate mail and hate crimes in Toronto. Hundreds of supporters turned out to the Canada Christian College late last month to hear Pamela Geller, a prominent Islamophobe, and Ezra Levant, the head of Rebel Media, speak about what they believe to be the dangers of Muslim migration and Islam. Show More Summary

Civic Tech: Shelter funding and Toronto’s manufactured crisis

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

How data became a political weapon in the debate over shelter space Under escalating pressure from residents, advocates, and the media, Mayor John Tory announced this morning that he would address the shelter crisis by adding more shelter...Show More Summary

Toronto theatres relax rules and increase acceptance

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A theatre critic celebrates a growing trend in the city's independent theatre scene: relaxed performances. Theatre-going and Crohn’s disease are not a great mix. Theatre-going and a functional tremor—another awkward blend. And yet, says...Show More Summary

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