What’s next for Old City Hall

By | CBI BLOG, Reports

By Claire Nelischer  Big changes are coming to one of Toronto’s most treasured buildings. The provincial and municipal courts will vacate Old City Hall by 2021, giving Toronto an incredible opportunity to shape a civic legacy for the majestic Queen Street West building. This week, after much study and public consultation, City staff will present a new vision for Old…

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Governance strategies to achieve transit-oriented development

By | CBI BLOG, Regional Planning, Talks and Panels, Transit, Transportation

By Robert Yaro (CBI guest policy blog) The Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) faces several transit governance challenges. But they are not insurmountable. With smart polices and creative approaches, practical solutions could usher in a Golden Age of regional transit. In this guest blog, U.S. urban planning expert Robert Yaro provides specific recommendations and examples from other global cities on…

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Amalgamating the region’s transit systems not the solution

By | CBI BLOG, Regional Planning, Transit, Transportation

By Cherise Burda This week, the Toronto Region Board of Trade proposed the creation of “Superlinx”, a new provincial agency that would subsume Metrolinx and all nine municipal transit agencies in the region. While most people agree integration of transit is a good thing, amalgamation is a different thing entirely, and would harm the City of Toronto and, because of…

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How other cities govern transit

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

By Will Sloan (This blog originally appeared in Ryerson Today.) We all know that transit needs to be fixed—but what are the problems, and how do we solve them? Last week, the Ryerson City Building Institute hosted “Breaking Transit Governance Gridlock,” an all-star panel to discuss the problems—and opportunities—facing regional transit governance. “The issues that are impeding progress here are more and…

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Long live the King Street pilot project

By | CBI BLOG, Transit, Transportation

By Claire Nelischer Earlier this week, the City of Toronto launched its one-year King Street pilot project to ease congestion along one of its busiest streets. Its ultimate goal is to improve transit speed, reliability, and capacity by prioritizing the movement of streetcars along King. So far, the public response has been largely positive, with excited straphangers Tweeting out videos…

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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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Students showcase Ecological Urbanism research

By | Events, Student Course Events

From April 17 to May 15, 2017, the Ecological Urbanism exhibition was hosted at Toronto’s Urbanspace Gallery. The exhibition showcased student work exploring the intersection of culture, nature, and infrastructure. Urban planning and landscape architecture students from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto were tasked with examining how Toronto could incorporate ecological design into city infrastructure. The students suggested…

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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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