Category Archives: City Planning

Affordable housing is never a bad idea. Or is it?

You know what’s wrong with good ideas?  They demand that we shed our preconceptions and act on a new premise.  You cannot with sincerity say, “what a great idea!” without next thinking, “we really ought to try that”.  Because of that compulsion to act, the best ideas often remain undeclared, are politely ignored, or are…
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running off in all directions

Last Sunday, The Toronto Sun told us everything we need to know about how the 2018 mayoral race will be conducted.  Go straight to your parakeet cage and tell Petey to hop up on his little trapeze so you can extract the paper, take it to the balcony, shake off all the dried turds and…
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a different kind of mayor

To choose Jennifer Keesmaat as the next mayor of Toronto, you would ordinarily compare her virtues to her rival, John Tory.  But these are extraordinary times.  Despite a roaring economy, Toronto’s government was already in a delicate condition and is now under full siege. The newly elected Premier has some scores to settle against a…
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Rail or Road

I’ve been listening to some really smart people talk about the future of cities in the past few weeks.  Although they all treat different themes from different perspectives, they are pretty consistent about how badly we anticipated today’s needs back when there was still time to lay out our cities differently.  Underlying their scolding is…
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