January 21, 2011, 9am PST
In the 1960s and 70s, Chinatowns were threatened by highway development in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. None of the proposed highways was built, thanks to concerted efforts by the Chinese communities.
January 11, 2011, 9am PST
<em>Toronto Star</em> critic Christopher Hume predicts a lackluster 2011 for Toronto -- both in terms of architecture and urbanism.
December 3, 2010, 8am PST
The newly installed mayor of Toronto has swiftly abandoned an $8.1 billion mass transit plan for the city.
November 28, 2010, 5am PST
Toronto takes the crown in a new study from the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards, ranking lowest in happiness for the country.
October 27, 2010, 11am PDT
Toronto's mayor-elect had campaigned on a platform that included plans to ditch the city's streetcar system. Now he seems to be backing away from that stance.
October 2, 2010, 11am PDT
Last year Toronto became the first North American city to mandate green roofs on all new residential, commercial and institutional buildings larger than 21,500 square feet. Now it has created a 118,000 square foot example on top of the City Hall.
September 8, 2010, 12pm PDT
Alex Bozikovic hits the beach with his son at a new public space in Toronto: Sugar Beach, an urban park built on a former industrial site.
August 28, 2010, 11am PDT
Richard Florida plots the geography of class on a map of Toronto to show the deep economic divisions at work in an almost "completely post industrial," city.
August 19, 2010, 1pm PDT
With her Foodprint project, Nicola Twilley wondered what one could learn about a city by looking at it through the lens of food. In this piece on <em>Urban Omnibus</em> she shares what she's learned.
August 13, 2010, 5am PDT
Designing cities for all age groups means designing places where everyone from kids to seniors can feel safe walking, according to this column. Groups in Toronto are calling on mayoral candidates to get behind that idea.
August 10, 2010, 11am PDT
<em>Toronto Star</em> architecture critic Christopher Hume blasts the city's lackluster bicycle planning efforts, calling them disjointed.
July 15, 2010, 7am PDT
This post from <em>Spacing Toronto</em> gives a personal look at the conversion of a car parking space into a bicycle parking area -- and how quickly the facility filled up.
June 1, 2010, 11am PDT
The head of Toronto's Cycling Committee is calling on the city to shift its focus from the quantity of bike lanes it creates to the quality of connections their planned infrastructure will create in the city's existing bike network.
May 20, 2010, 7am PDT
Despite uncertainties about funding and objections from the city's mayor, Toronto's light rail plans are moving ahead, according to transit officials.
May 20, 2010, 5am PDT
This report from <em>The Globe and Mail</em> looks at a recent study of three of Canada's big cities -- Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto -- and compares their densities and development patterns.
May 4, 2010, 11am PDT
<em>Toronto Star</em> architecture critic Christopher Hume writes that a recent controversy in the city over a proposed waterfront sports complex highlights why Toronto will never be a great city.
April 18, 2010, 11am PDT
Toronto transit activists are frustrated that funding for planned streetcars is being rerouted, and are preparing a "Save Transit City" campaign.
April 6, 2010, 1pm PDT
Toronto's former chief planner Paul Bedford asked his students at Ryerson University to present 100-year plans to re-imagine Toronto.
April 4, 2010, 11am PDT
So says Ken Greenberg, a noted urban designer who resigned from the project after the city began moving forward with a conventional stadium plan rather than an urban facility with a mix of uses.
March 26, 2010, 7am PDT
The land underneath a Toronto highway overpass will be converted into a neighborhood park. Officials hope it will spark the revival of one of the city's underused waterfront neighborhoods.
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