December 23, 2011, 6am PST
...to the intensification of uses and street-level interaction, at least. Christopher Hume provides readers with the leading viewpoints on the matter at "Too Tall?", an ongoing exhibit on Toronto's "fear of heights."
December 5, 2011, 2pm PST
Despite depressed home prices around the U.S., Toronto's condo market is still so hot that the city government is considering getting a piece of the action.
November 9, 2011, 7am PST
Industrial building developers, who had previously decried the price tag of green roofs now standard to many buildings in Toronto, may get the OK to construct an alternative, reflective roof instead.
September 23, 2011, 2pm PDT
Waterfront Toronto is a public advocacy group formed in 2001 to plan the city's extensive waterfront revitalization. In early Sept., Mayor Rob Ford announced he was taking over and turning the land into a giant mall park. Urbanists to the rescue!
September 21, 2011, 10am PDT
Some say that there is simply not enough retail in existence now; versus U.S. cities, at least, Toronto has fewer malls in both numbers and square footage. Dana Flavelle explores why that might not necessarily mean it's underserved.
September 12, 2011, 6am PDT
Heritage Toronto was lacking a budget to make new historic plaques, so heritage buff David Wencer arranged a "Twitterthon" to call attention to the 250 plaques that already exist.
July 28, 2011, 6am PDT
A variety of unsanctioned urban art projects are scattered throughout Toronto, bringing life and energy to otherwise underused spaces.
July 13, 2011, 8am PDT
When Toronto City Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam wanted to raise money for a street redesign project, she went directly to the private sector. They raised the money and recently released the master plan for their proposed street project.
June 9, 2011, 10am PDT
Construction has begun on a new park beneath a Toronto freeway overpass. <em>The Toronto Star</em>'s Christopher Hume says the park will change the city forever.
June 8, 2011, 11am PDT
That's how Christopher Hume describes the Toronto area that will soon be Underpass Park, a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood for 6,000 people.
June 7, 2011, 12pm PDT
Toronto's new Presto smartcard for transit riders may soon allow you to pay for your parking and a coffee as well, according to Gary McNeil, president of GO Transit.
June 2, 2011, 5am PDT
Toronto's lack of focus on transportation planning and the absence of a national strategy for mobility is turning the city into a messy gridlock, according to this column.
May 26, 2011, 10am PDT
Urban designer and architect Ken Greenberg writes "an eloquent, personal, compelling and persuasive argument for more enlightened city-building," says Michael Dudley in this review of Greenberg's new book, <em>Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder.</em>
May 19, 2011, 9am PDT
The dividing lines in the cities of today are not so much about neighborhoods, but rather the relative health of those neighborhoods, according to this piece from <em>The Globe and Mail</em>.
May 6, 2011, 2pm PDT
Architecture critic Christopher Hume writes an homage to urban planning icon Jane Jacobs, highlighting the resiliency of her positions on density and diversity.
May 6, 2011, 9am PDT
After a first attempt fizzled in 2007, Toronto is launching a new bike sharing system.
April 22, 2011, 2pm PDT
Architects and urbanists gathered in the city Jane Jacobs made her home to ask, "What makes a beautiful city?"
April 20, 2011, 11am PDT
With poverty indicators rising in suburban areas, Mississauga is looking to emulate Toronto's controversial "priority neighbourhoods" strategy to improve access to services.
April 3, 2011, 11am PDT
Toronto's recently elected Mayor Rob Ford has announced that Toronto will build a subway extension -- but nobody knows where the $4 billion needed to build it will come from.
March 31, 2011, 7am PDT
Critic Christopher Hume says that "an architecture of openness" is overtaking Toronto, foregoing individual personality for a greater sense of community and connectivity.