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Public approval of density

Public approval of density

My generation, which represents one-quarter of Ontario’s population and 70% of inner Toronto’s population growth since 2006, is finally making...

Symbiotic exchange: Part II

Symbiotic exchange: Part II

In an earlier post, I described an informal exchange between the transportation planning researchers at the Universities of Amsterdam and...

Symbiotic exchange

Symbiotic exchange

Researchers are often accused of working in “ivory towers” separated from the real world. Perhaps planning suffers less from this...

Transit City rises from the dead

Transit City rises from the dead

After a special council meeting that lasted all day, Toronto City Council voted yesterday to restore proposed LRT lines to...

The problems with democracy

The problems with democracy

“Rumours of the death of Transit City have been greatly exaggerated.” –Toronto Councillor Joe Mihevc, former vice-chair of the TTC...

Want immigrants to integrate? Give them better transit and affordable housing

Want immigrants to integrate? Give them better transit and affordable housing

Talk about timing. A few weeks ago, in time for provincial elections in Ontario, Manitoba, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador,...

The future is now: Metro Vancouver’s Moving Forward plan

The future is now: Metro Vancouver’s Moving Forward plan

In an article in today’s Vancouver Sun (“Seven mayors weigh in–The case for funding public transit”, October 4, 2011), seven regional...

Goodbye U-Pass! (Unbelievable Prescription for Access to Sustainable Savings)

Goodbye U-Pass! (Unbelievable Prescription for Access to Sustainable Savings)

Since I finished my Ph.D. this month, today was officially my last day to use my U-Pass, and a sad...

Highways: Vancouver’s unnecessary evil?

Highways: Vancouver’s unnecessary evil?

Ah, the postwar era. So much blind optimism…so many planning mistakes. Back in the 1960s when highway building was de...

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...

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