A More Complete Picture of the 'Smart City' Plans in Toronto

The game changing redevelopment proposed by Sidewalk Labs for the Toronto waterfront district of Quayside took new shape recently after the company presented an updated draft of its plan.

December 11, 2018, 6:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Ontario, Canada

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Sidewalk Labs recently revealed the latest version of its plans for Quayside, the waterfront neighborhood in Toronto the company has been tasked with making over in a "smart city" test bed.

Patrick Sisson reports on the details of the updated plans by Sidewalk Labs ("the urban innovation unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent company"), describing the effort as a "bottom-up reimagining of tech’s place in urban living."

To achieve that "bottom-up" ideal, "the updated plan enshrines the idea of a Civic Data Trust for all urban data," according to Sisson.

Two other big ideas addressed by Sisson include the plan's proposals for the largest mass timber development in the world and a "people-first public realm."

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