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Fare Integration: Metrolinx Considers the Options

Cross-border fares between the TTC and neighbouring transit systems
February 16, 2017 4:27 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While Torontonians continue to debate what transit infrastructure to build where, there's an equally contentious exchange happening now between Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of ... read more

Flood of Developments Puts Spotlight on City Planning Workload

Downtown development, image by UT Forum contributor yonderbean
January 12, 2017 5:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Intimidatingly overloaded at the leanest of recent times, the City of Toronto was awash with a deluge of development proposals at the close of last year. In a city already close to leading North ... read more

Vision Zero: City Launches Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Pedestrians and cars on Yonge Street, image by UT Flick contributor Greg's South
January 11, 2017 5:18 pm | by Cody Kita | Comments
Increasingly at the centre of recent debates regarding Toronto's public transit, congestion and bike lanes, have been concerns by City officials and Toronto activists regarding the safety of the ... read more

Are Property Taxes Dooming Toronto's Heritage Buildings?

property tax, heritage properties, 401 Richmond, Toronto
December 22, 2016 4:58 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
It has recently come to light in local media outlets that the existence of Toronto's beloved 401 Richmond—an artists' enclave in the heart of the Entertainment District—is threatened by a massive ... read more

Ontario Passes Promoting Affordable Housing Act, Introduces IZ

Downtown Toronto's growing density, looking north, image by Greg Lipinski
December 13, 2016 10:49 am | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
On December 6th, the Ontario passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, legislation that takes aim at the province’s affordable housing crisis. The Act, which amends seven other public acts ... read more

Citywide Consultation Considers Planning for Laneway Suites

laneway suites, Toronto, development, infill housing, architecture
December 8, 2016 12:34 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
Toronto has a large supply of laneways behind many of our city streets, and an even larger demand for affordable housing. Simple math would suggest that this is an easy match and solution. Urban ... read more

Transit: Tory Pitches $2 Road Toll & More as $200m Solution

The Gardiner Expressway, image by Marcus Mitanis
November 24, 2016 2:37 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following a decade of deliberation, uncertainty, and stalled progress regarding the City of Toronto's introduction of wide-ranging new revenue tools, Mayor John Tory has announced a plan to ... read more

Province Set To Update Outdated Municipal Legislation

Queen's Park, image by Marcus Mitanis
November 23, 2016 4:42 pm | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
To modernize municipal legislation, the Province of Ontario is proposing key changes that would grant municipalities a higher degree of autonomy through amendments to the Municipal Act (MA), the ... read more

Public Input Sought on Reforming the Ontario Municipal Board

November 16, 2016 6:08 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Originally called the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board in 1906 and later renamed the Ontario Municipal Board in 1932, the OMB is an independent tribunal that makes decisions on municipal ... read more

Noah Toly: What are City Rankings Good For?

Toronto, Urbanism, UWPAT, City rankings, Planning, Politics
November 14, 2016 2:12 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
It’s a typical Toronto experience. A ranking of global cities comes out and Toronto has fared well. Like clockwork, the deluge of Facebook posts begins. Everyone is so proud to live in this city ... read more

Province Proposing Changes to Ontario Municipal Board

Ontario Municipal Board, OMB, Toronto
October 6, 2016 2:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
For the past few years, Toronto City Councillors including Kristyn Wong-Tam, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Pam McConnell, and Josh Matlow have been taking a stance against the Ontario Municipal Board ... read more

CityAge: Bonnie Crombie Wants Politics Out of Transit Planning

Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga, GTHA, Transit, Infrastructure, CityAge
October 5, 2016 2:36 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
“Regionally integrated transit is necessary,” Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie tells me. “We all have different zone rates and that should be unified.” On the verge of commuting through these ... read more

Ontario Announces New Funding to End Urban Homelessness

October 5, 2016 1:30 pm | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
The Province of Ontario has increased its efforts to end homelessness by providing new funding for municipalities through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative. Chris Ballard, Ontario's ... read more

Big City Mayors Come Together at 2016 Toronto Housing Summit

October 4, 2016 10:37 am | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
Regent Park’s Daniels Spectrum served as the ideal location to host the 2016 Toronto Housing Summit, an event that brought together mayors and representatives from Canada’s largest municipalities ... read more

The Greenbelt: Does Smart Growth Policy Impact Affordability?

September 21, 2016 12:58 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"It's pretty straightforward," economist and planner Russell Matthews told the audience, "land use restrictions constrain supply. If demand stays high, that drives prices up." In that simple ... read more

Inclusionary Zoning Debate Continues as City Opposes Bill 204

September 13, 2016 3:50 pm | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
Toronto’s affordable housing crisis is no secret. The number of families on waiting lists for subsidized housing increased by 1.6 per cent this year, the average home price increased by 18 per ... read more

Toronto Seeking Public's Comments on Ward Boundary Review

Existing City of Toronto ward boundaries, image retrieved from City of Toronto
September 7, 2016 2:09 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
We have been keeping a watchful eye on the City's ongoing Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR), a process which has most recently been narrowed down to a choice of two options. One plan ... read more

Suburbs on Track: Building Transit-Friendly New Communities

Transit, Development, Toronto, Ryerson City Building Institute, Suburbs
September 7, 2016 10:45 am | by David Rudin | Comments
Public transit is, in theory, supposed to connect people with the places that matter in their lives: the homes they live in; the stores they frequent; the schools they attend; the jobs at which ... read more

Have Your Say: Shaping the National Housing Strategy

September 2, 2016 10:33 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Below Toronto's skyline of cranes and steel, a housing crisis grips the city. Alongside the glassy totems of progress and prosperity, over 80,000 Toronto households remain on the wait list for ... read more

Tall Building Setback Changes Proposed for Downtown Toronto

TOcore, Official Plan, Toronto
July 25, 2016 11:00 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
The Planning Department's ongoing TOcore initiative is studying a wide range of issues currently facing our rapidly growing city, and could bring about sweeping changes to design and planning ... read more