Urban Innovation Café is our discussion series focusing on innovative approaches to critical urban issues. Join us for solutions-based conversation with industry thought leaders, academics, practitioners and policy makers, moderated by top journalists.

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Walk This Way: Redesigning downtown Yonge Street to put people first

July 2nd, 2020 from 3 PM to 3:45 PM | Zoom Webinar


A major redesign of downtown Yonge Street has been in the works for years, but has recently taken on a new urgency under COVID-19, which has highlighted the need for more and better public space in our dense neighbourhoods and along our main streets. In our upcoming webinar, “Walk This Way: redesigning downtown Yonge to put people first,” we examine new perspectives on street design, and how they can inform the City’s yongeTOmorrow project.

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Special Guests

  • Moderated by Globe and Mail urban affairs reporter Oliver Moore
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto City Council, Ward 13 – Toronto Centre)
  • Mark Garner (Executive Director and COO, Downtown Yonge BIA)
  • Dr. Zhixi Zhuang (Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University)
  • Renée Daoust (Founding Partner, Architect and Urban Planner, Daoust Lestage)

Past Events & Recordings

June 25, 2020 in CBI Events, Public Realm

Making downtown Yonge a post-pandemic model of safety and equity

After years of community advocacy, in 2015 the City of Toronto launched the yongeTOmorrow study to improve the pedestrian experience along downtown Yonge Street from Queen to College. By early…
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June 9, 2020 in CBI Events, Public Realm

ActiveTO: First impressions of Toronto’s latest mobility initiative

ActiveTO is the City of Toronto’s new plan to provide space on streets to help residents get outside and get around safely while respecting physical distancing, as part of the…
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May 28, 2020 in CBI Events, Public Realm

Webinar Series Examines Urban Design Challenges

Our Urban Innovation Cafe series is back, in webinar format. Over the next two months, join us for conversations with Ryerson experts and leading practitioners working on critical urban issues,…
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September 26, 2019 in CBI Events, Transportation/Transit

Dec 3: Ride-hailing and on-demand transit event “Taken for a Ride”

Our Urban Innovation Café event series showcases the city-building insights of academics, thought leaders and practitioners. We’re pleased to announce the third event in this popular series of morning talks:…
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