Tag Archives: development

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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Two tens for a five?

I haven’t been blogging much for the past year. Things have been happening too fast. By the time I register a reaction to one thing, something new is impressing itself on me. The themes and issues get stacked up in my mind, like airliners circling a runway, waiting for permission to land. One preoccupation over…
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takes three to tango

It’s encouraging that Section 37 deals are starting to get the attention they deserve.  For example, Mayor, John Tory, wants to review the practice, and columnist, Edward Keenan, has tried to explain why.  Other organizations, including the City, have sought to improve the general understanding of this practice, if only to counter insinuations that it…
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Edifice Complex: Toronto’s billion-dollar “spectator sport”

I want to understand why the erection of Frank Gehry’s towers, or the gleam in David Mirvish’s eye, makes thoughtful people like Christopher Hume weak in the knees. A year ago, I wrote about all the ways we sabotage our plan for the City of Toronto.  It was a response to how Mirvish had tied Toronto’s…
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