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Looking down train trains in downtown Toronto, Canada with CN Tower in background.

Toronto to Explore Potential High Line-Style Park

City staff will study options for transforming a defunct rail corridor into a linear park.

March 26, 2024 - CBC

Construction in progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge above the Detroit River.

New International Bridge Rising Over the Detroit River

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is under construction, towering over the Detroit River at a height of 772 feet on the U.S. side of the river.

September 3, 2023 - Urbanize Detroit

The TTC logo is visible on a sign with the high-rises of Toronto in the background.

Toronto Shutters the Scarborough Rapid Transit Line Months Early

A 6.4-kilometer, six-station transit line was decommissioned early in Toronto, before a planned bus rapid transit route could be be put in place.

August 29, 2023 - Canadian Press via Toronto Star

Aerial view of farmland patchwork in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Auditor: Toronto Greenbelt Changes Favored Developers

A series of hasty removals of land from the protected Greenbelt last year were pushed through without environmental or financial analysis.

August 18, 2023 - The Globe and Mail

A street sign reads Old Town Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Market Street

A Car-Free Summer on Toronto’s Market Street

The I Heart Market Street program will allow pedestrians a car-free space adjacent to Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market.

June 16, 2023 - blogTO

Outdoor dining patio with red umbrellas in Toronto, Canada

Opinion: Toronto is Stifling its Outdoor Dining Program

New regulations and fees for outdoor dining patios, extended from a pandemic-era program, are making the process overly complicated and expensive for business owners.

June 12, 2023 - Toronto Star

Single-Family Neighborhood

Toronto Approves Multiplex Housing Citywide

The city hopes streamlining the construction of multifamily housing will slow the growth of housing costs and prevent the displacement of residents as the city grows.

May 15, 2023 - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Ottawa

Ottawa’s New Transportation Master Plan Sets 20-Year Planning Priorities

Canada’s capital city recently completed the first step toward adopting a new Transportation Master Plan.

May 2, 2023 - City of Ottawa

Two white traffic enforcement cameras above a road in Ottawa, Canada with a colorful multistory building in background

Study: Traffic Cameras Reduce Speeding, Crashes

Analysis of the automated enforcement program in Ottawa, Canada shows a significant drop in speeding near traffic cameras.

April 5, 2023 - CBC News

The downtown high rises of Hamilton, Ontario are surrounded by greenery and the blue of Lake Ontario on a sunny day.

In Reversal, Ontario Government Could Open Toronto Greenbelt to Development

The Toronto Greenbelt was an urban growth boundary created in 2005 as one of the most obvious political victories for the Smart Growth movement in North America. A new bill would reverse course on the region’s growth policies.

November 27, 2022 - The Narwhal

Red and white Toronto streetcar

How a Broken Traffic Signal Improved Transit

A brief outage of traffic lights at one Toronto intersection inadvertently gave area streetcars more priority, speeding up service for transit users.

November 14, 2022 - blogTO

Toronto

‘Skyscraper Race’ Underway in Toronto

No skyline in North America has changed as drastically as Toronto’s in recent decades. A slate of new skyscraper proposals, called a “skyscraper race” by observers, could continue the trend.

November 13, 2022 - Toronto Star

Gil Penalosa speaking on a stage at Velo-city conference in Seville, Spain, with bicycle in foreground

Urbanist Gil Peñalosa Running for Toronto Mayor

The former parks commissioner for Bogotá, Colombia is throwing his hat in the ring in Toronto’s mayoral race.

July 15, 2022 - Toronto Star

Single-Family Neighborhood

Toronto Housing Supply Outpacing Population Growth, but Costs Remain High

According to new census data, housing production is exceeding demand in many Canadian cities.

March 2, 2022 - The Globe and Mail

Rendering of Leaside Innovation Centre

Sustainable Office Building To Rise in Toronto's Leaside

The mass timber construction, proximity to transit, and bike room make a proposed Toronto building a model for post-pandemic offices.

February 16, 2022 - Treehugger

Row after row after row of single-family residences, with the high rises of the city of Toronto looming far in the background.

Opinion: When Transit-Oriented Suburban Mega-Projects Go Too Far

The architecture critic for the Globe and Mail finds fault with two massive development proposals in the Toronto suburbs.

February 2, 2022 - The Globe and Mail

An aerial view of the Toronto Hunt Club and golf course, located along Lake Ontario amid residential homes in Toronto.

Toronto Searching for a Future for its Public Golf Courses

Amid calls to convert the city's golf courses to other uses, Toronto, Ontario city staff are trying to figure out a middle ground between competing interests.

January 9, 2022 - Toronto Star

An aerial view of Mississauga, Ontario, with Lake Ontario in the background.

Nowhere to Build but Up

An old way of doing municipal business—generating development fees by opening farmland to development—is no longer paying dividends. Mississauga, Ontario serves as a cautionary tale for the bottom line of sprawl.

January 6, 2022 - The Globe and Mail

A man pushes a snow blower to clear the ground of an outdoor parking lot filled with cars.

Toronto City Council Removes Most Minimum Parking Requirements

The parking reform movement has a major new feather in its cap: the Toronto City Council has this week adopted sweeping changes to the parking requirements of the city's zoning bylaws.

December 16, 2021 - Toronto Storeys

A movie studio buildiing located in Old Toronto's Port Lands is fenced off from the sidewalk and protected by a security guard station.

Are Movie Studios 'Highest and Best Use' During a Housing Affordability Crisis?

Toronto's answer to the question posed in the headline is, "yes." One columnist wonders if the city can do more to balance its priorities.

December 2, 2021 - Toronto Star

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