I didn't quite realize the depth of concern until speaking with some architects on it, one of them furious that WT, the City and Province would spread their legs so readily for the 'smooth talking tech-guy' when they've spurned many offers by developers for the models built and proven in Europe and some US cities.
It is always some architects you have talked to though, isn’t it?
The UK press had been talking about "privacy issues" with the Googlizations for a few days before the announcement in the Cdn press, but not one Cdn story that I could find talked of what the Financial Times highlighted:
Alphabet to build futuristic city in Toronto
In its proposal, Sidewalk also said that Toronto would need to waive or exempt many existing regulations in areas like building codes, transportation, and energy in order to build the city it envisioned. The project may need “substantial forbearances from existing laws and regulations,” the group said.
From the submitted proposal, p. 27
Specifically, Sidewalk proposes to outfit buildings in Quayside with the sensors necessary to measure the data needed to craft the outcome-based code system before implementing it in the Eastern Waterfront. To ensure safety, Sidewalk will work with municipal and provincial agencies to design informative pilots within existing regulatory frameworks.
I'm reminded of Goebbels..."Tell them a little lie, and they won't believe you, but tell them a big one...."
It all came down to Goebbels, of course.