Yeah, no kidding. It seemed like every lobbyist in the city was employed by Sidewalk for 2.5 years straight. Sidewalk was fighting an asymmetrical battle with our civic institutions from day 1. Let's not kid ourselves, this is not how a benevolent actor operates.Yeah, not at all. This is good news. They wanted everything and weren't willing to take part in the process. Behind the scenes, they were even worse 'advocates' for their scheme than they were publicly.
Through this process, they've compromised Waterfront Toronto as an organization, and the independence of various urban research institutes in Toronto have been called into question. A lot of damage has been done on the civic sphere, and Sidewalk gets to leave injury-free, as is the typical way of doing things in Silicon Valley.