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Transit now rules the road as King Street pilot project launches

Surprisingly, it seems like a success so far? I hope enforcement keeps up

Toronto condo prices reach new heights

$1,000 per square foot. Scary thought re future affordability:

“An average 800 square foot condo is going to have to rent for around $4,000 a month just for that investor to break even.”

I Left Vancouver Because Vancouver Left Me

via this

Back to the future: Google’s vision for Toronto is straight out of the 19th century

Even if the negotiations fall apart thanks to Google’s demands or the city’s recalcitrance, there’s still good news: the most important parts of Sidewalk’s plans, the parts that would most determine whether the city’s eastern waterfront becomes a livable, green place that could accommodate Toronto’s burgeoning growth, don’t require Google’s impressive piles of money at all. The city could do it on its own — if it actually wants to.

There’s also this article from John Lorinc. The conclusion I’m coming to is that the plans aren’t bad – it’s Google’s involvement that makes them dodgy.

Toronto’s ‘city of the future’ is being built next to a relic of our past

Want Amazon’s new HQ in your town? Must have bike lanes, says Amazon

Awesome.

Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death

That’s great, but I hate how the Liberals don’t do anything unless there’s an election on the horizon. They could have saved lives by doing this years ago.

How chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat tried to stop the Scarborough subway

As the top bureaucrat announces her departure from city hall, the untold story of how she tried but failed to prevent what’s been called the city’s biggest transit “boondoggle” can be found in her email inbox

Toronto’s outspoken chief planner quits

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

We found that cycling to work was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport. Cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from cancer. They also had 46% lower risk of developing heart disease and a 45% lower risk of developing cancer at all.

L.A. — the city of traffic jams — finds a way to get people out of their cars

Spoiler: it’s LRT


This is great: 70 new stations to Bike Share TO in August.

Lessons from Amsterdam: How to make cycling easy and fun

King Street pilot project wins city council approval

Good… I think? The plan is a little confusing. Simpler to just make it transit / bike / pedestrian only.

Subterranean home for 400 found in Beijing basement

I once had a dream, when we were renovating our basement, that we discovered a sub-basement with an extended family living in it, subsisting on “night potatoes”

Interesting half-hour doc featuring Christopher Hume talking about streets, cars, bikes, downtown and suburbs. Article here.

Toronto’s ambitious bike plan, one year later

As you might expect, a little disappointing

We Bought a Crack House

Everyone’s favourite hate read this week, in which a yuppie couple evict a bunch of poor people so they can renovate their third property and blow $1-million through a series of poor decisions

My daily commute by bike turned me into a witness of a truly tragic event

We will look back on how our roads are structured in decades to come and consider it barbaric.

On Chicago’s Improved Bike Infrastructure 

as Chicago’s bikeway network grew over the last decade or so (135 percent between 2005 and 2015), crashes per 100,000 trips fell by more than half (54 percent) and fatalities and serious injuries per 100,000 trips dropped 60 percent. And that’s as more and more people started bicycling in the city: bicycle trips grew by a whopping 167 percent within those ten formative years.

Axing OMB boosts cities’ planning power – for better or for worse

On the proposed replacement for the not well-loved Ontario Municipal Board

My favourite park is coming along nicely

Berlin Expands Streetcars to the West

Restoring streetcar lines that were torn up in the 60s

Downtown Toronto went all in with a pair of Kings

Re: rezoning of King St in the 90s

Streetcars are Toronto’s civic treasure and the King St. plan gives them their due

Besides, if you want to drive without streetcars in the way, you have your pick of all kinds of other cities. You can go to Hamilton, or Mississauga, or Pickering. You can go most places, and they won’t have streetcars. We do have them, and they’re a civic treasure. It’s about time we treat them like it.