October 9, 2008, 6am PDT
As Toronto's heritage buildings fall to disrepair, new condominiums are slated to go up in their stead, prompting outcry from preservationists.
October 8, 2008, 1pm PDT
John Barber laments cities' tendency to (rightfully) favor environmental consciousness over aestheticism. Low-carbon street lighting is the latest eco-trend to retrofit, and potentially blight, the streets of Toronto.
October 8, 2008, 10am PDT
Ottawa's high-tech sector has burgeoned. More of its residents are employed in fields of engineering and science than in any other Canadian city, making it a high-tech hotbed not unlike those of the U.S.
October 8, 2008, 7am PDT
Recognizing a need for formal cooperation between the regions in the middle of North America, the author of this article calls for a North American Central Economic Region.
September 28, 2008, 11am PDT
This column from the <em>Globe and Mail</em> expresses some common frustrations with a slow-moving regional transportation plan.
September 19, 2008, 9am PDT
Toronto is swimming in high-rise construction, with the second highest rate in the world. Some say this shift to the urban core spells the end of sprawl in Toronto.
September 5, 2008, 7am PDT
Toronto is considering a broad new plan to encourage higher density.
September 4, 2008, 11am PDT
The City of Toronto and Ontario's transportation agency Metrolinx are offering competing long term transportation plans for the Toronto region.
September 1, 2008, 1pm PDT
Sewage issues in Ottawa are bringing attention to the significant infrastructure problems associated with sprawl.
August 12, 2008, 5am PDT
A massive explosion at a propane dealer in Toronto is leading to questions as to how such a facility could ever have been located so close to a residential area.
August 1, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Christopher Hume argues that Toronto's planners, in planning for easy vehicle access to the revitalizing waterfront, will be harming it as a pedestrian environment.</p>
July 21, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Later this summer residents in the Province of Ontario will be able to plug in their homes to a new source of electrical power: biogas derived from cow manure.</p>
July 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Guerrilla gardening- planting flowers and edibles in untended pockets of cities- is a growing phenomenon. This article looks at a group of Toronto residents who've turned ugly medians into lush gardens.</p>
July 12, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>'Fringe Benefits: Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City' is the name of an exhibit open now at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Urban designer Ian Chodikoff explains his inspiration for the show.</p>
June 30, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Cops in Toronto catch a criminal through GIS plotting, and reporter Sara Barbour takes us on a tour of other unusual new applications of GIS.</p>
June 25, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Toronto's Metrolink brings together city and transportation planners to brainstorm the transit of the future.</p>
June 18, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>This column from the <em>Toronto Star</em> argues that Toronto needs to take at least a few lessons from Vancouver if it wants to improve its planning.</p>
June 2, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Dimitri Roussopoulos of Urban Ecology and Capital Councillor Clive Doucet make the case that city planning in Ottawa ignores the smart growth plan in place, is driven by economics, and is not in the best interest of communities.</p>
June 2, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Oshawa, Ontario residents have noticed a suspicious substance leaking into their community. Development next to the former landfill almost didn't happen because city planners worried about this very possibility.</p>
May 7, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Planning has become too much like a court case, with two sides and one winner. According to columnist Christopher Hume, this adversarial nature must be changed.</p>