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Civic crowdfunding in Hamilton

Civic crowdfunding in Hamilton

Funding shortfalls are common among cities, as this year’s municipal elections have shown. While many governments are turning to public-private...

Untapped demand for transit-accessible housing

Untapped demand for transit-accessible housing

According to the 2014 Home Location Preference Survey, conducted in the Toronto area by Environics for RBC and the Pembina...

Green bonds will help fund Eglinton LRT

Green bonds will help fund Eglinton LRT

The Province of Ontario will issue green bonds to help raise money for construction of the Eglington Crosstown LRT, making...

Sherbourne bike lanes a hit

Sherbourne bike lanes a hit

The City of Toronto officially opened separated bike lanes on Sherbourne Street in June 2013. Six months later, The Grid...

Choose transit, feel young!

Choose transit, feel young!

If transit were a soft drink, it might adopt the slogan, “Transit: The Choice of a New Generation”. Evidence continues to...

Pro-bike but anti-pedestrian?

Pro-bike but anti-pedestrian?

Cycling is growing in popularity every year, even in North America, where road engineering standards are often bike-unfriendly. Even in...

Skeptics reluctant to board the Ford train (Part II)

Skeptics reluctant to board the Ford train (Part II)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was elected last fall on a promise to “trim the fat from City Hall”. Easier said...

SCARP + SALA: the design process

SCARP + SALA: the design process

Many of you (hundreds, in fact) have been following my posts about the new SCARP/SALA building. As you know, Shape...

…and the winner is…

…and the winner is…

UBC just issued a press release announcing the winning architectural team for the new SCARP/SALA building. I’m happy to announce...

SCARP + SALA: design presentations

SCARP + SALA: design presentations

As I wrote in my last post, SCARP and SALA are currently choosing an integrated design team for our new...

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