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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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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