Category Archives: City Planning

1. NetGain has been in the real estate business for years and didn’t know it.

A continuation of End of the beginning, 2018. Cycling around the city, I’m often passing old, forgotten capital projects in which NetGain played a significant role.  The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto Centre for the Arts, and the National Ballet School of Canada are all…
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End of the beginning, 2018

Past practice was to review a year of blogging and report on what had caught the attention of our readers.  It was occasionally surprising to learn how little my obsessions coincided with the casual interests of human and mechanical web browsers.  As everywhere, the analytics offered more support than illumination (like a lamp post to…
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Toronto as a city state?…

A place to live, a place to grow, Ontari-ari-ari-Oh! The people who govern Toronto periodically bemoan the constraints on their authority.  In Canada, cities are the constitutional children of provinces. There are two approaches to fixing problems in the governance of cities.  The one favoured by provinces is the shrinking of problems through amalgamation and…
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By creeps and clowns – Toronto going forward

I delude myself about our ability to deliberate, decide, plan, and act.  This sequence of steps sounds so logical, it’s absurd to do otherwise. Yet we often talk the talk, without walking it. Maybe the military has the rigor to pull this off, maybe sports teams, and occasionally corporations follow their intentions through to execution, but…
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