Category Archives: City Planning

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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autopsy on accountability in transit planning

This blog always relates in some way to our consulting practice.  At its best, it shares privileged insights with a small group of curious decision makers across the country.  At its worst, it’s a drifty zeppelin of bloviation; informing nothing, concluding nothing, urging nothing.  This post will be no better than the worst, and no…
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exceptions are not solutions: creating a special property tax class

In the social swirl of the holiday season, I’ve been caught in conversations with people who are enthusiastic about the creation of a special property tax class for creative enterprise hubs (announced earlier this year and covered recently by Murray Whyte in The Star, an article which includes our friends at Akin Collective - whose…
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the politics of the Scarborough Subway – a view from above

Welcome to our planet and our City.  Before I take you to our leaders, let me prepare you for what you are about to see. For anyone arriving in Toronto by spaceship this week, or for anyone looking into the city’s affairs for the first time ever, this will astonish you.  A cash strapped City,…
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