Taking stock of housing supply in the GTA

By | CBI BLOG, Housing

By Cherise Burda I recently participated in a number of panel discussions all devoted to one troubling issue: housing affordability in the GTA. If the discussions among housing developers, researchers, and policy-makers are any indication, talk of supply is shifting to building the right supply, including lots of references to “missing middle” housing. Stats show that Ontario’s housing construction is keeping…

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The streets they are a-changin’

By | CBI BLOG, Transit, Transportation | No Comments

The Toronto Star recently posted “The Streets of Toronto,” a 30-minute video hosted by urban issues and architecture reporter Christopher Hume. The video examines how streets are being transformed to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists and transit, and features interviews with Ryerson City Building Institute executive director Cherise Burda, and local city builders Jared Kolb (Cycle TO), Yvonne Bambrick (Author), and Mike…

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Can we build our way out of a housing bubble?

By | CBI BLOG, Housing

With housing prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continuing to soar, policy makers are house hunting for solutions. Ministers Morneau and Sousa and Mayor John Tory meet today to discuss options to cool the Toronto housing market, and next week we can expect to see measures introduced in the provincial budget. In addition to these events, Ontario will soon…

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Yonge Love: A Ryerson City Building Institute Meet-Up

By | CBI BLOG, Events, Meet-Ups, Yonge Love

The City of Toronto is redesigning Yonge Street so it better serves Torontonians in the 21st century. How can Yonge Street accommodate more pedestrians, improve the public realm, and balance higher density with the public needs of the neighbourhood? Join the the Ryerson City Building Institute for a Meet-Up that brings together leading city builders and the public to discuss the future of…

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#YongeLove for Toronto’s best known street

By | CBI BLOG, Events, Meet-Ups, Yonge Love | No Comments

Big changes are coming to downtown Yonge Street. The City of Toronto is currently exploring ways to redesign downtown Yonge Street to accommodate the needs of the 21st century. To understand what this could mean for Toronto, the Ryerson City Building Institute is hosting Yonge Love, a sold-out “Meet-Up” on February 22. According to a study by the Downtown Yonge…

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Time to get road pricing right

By | CBI BLOG

Premier Kathleen Wynne recently announced that the Province of Ontario will not give Toronto council permission to toll the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway. This disappointing decision has important ramifications for all GTA residents, whether they drive cars or not. This rejection behooves us to go back to the drawing board and get road pricing right, both in terms…

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Why we can’t sprawl our way to affordability

By | CBI BLOG

The price of real estate in the Toronto region, in particular the cost of a single-family house, continues to be a daily preoccupation. But this price fixation misses the bigger economic, environmental and housing affordability picture. We know that a number of interacting factors are driving up housing prices in Toronto and elsewhere. On the demand side, factors such as…

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It’s time for Toronto to consider road tolls

By | CBI BLOG

Yesterday’s announcement to increase TTC fares by 10 cents is a grim example of what happens when the City runs short of revenue: vital services are reduced and the most vulnerable communities suffer the most. Toronto’s City Manager Peter Wallace continues to warn that we are in a budget crisis, but has also suggested we can’t cut our way out…

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A Tale of Three Transit Cities: Paris, Montreal, and Toronto

By | CBI BLOG, Events, Talks and Panels, Transit

CBI invited transit experts from Paris and Montreal to discuss their experiences with GTHA regional transit official The Toronto region faces major challenges in building suitable transit infrastructure for its growing population. It isn’t alone. On October 18, The Ryerson City Building Institute (CBI) partnered with the Consulate General of France in Toronto to host “From Grand Paris to the…

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The Last Mile: Technology can serve it, but the bigger challenge is solving it

By | CBI BLOG, Events, Meet-Ups, The Last Mile | No Comments

It’s often called the “last mile” – the relatively short but challenging distance from a commuter’s home or workplace to a major transit hub, such as a subway or GO station. Although this is largely a problem in suburban areas with infrequent bus service, it forces many people to drive their cars all the way to their workplaces or park…

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