Give up the dream: Why Toronto homebuyers should forget single-detached homes

by Sarah Caicco Current and future residents of Toronto should give up the dream of owning single-detached homes.  Toronto buyers should instead consider mid- and high-rise dwellings, which not only come with a reduced price tag, but with key long-term benefits of high density housing such as environmental sustainability and better health outcomes. Yet, despite…

Understanding Smarter Cities: the iPhones of Municipal Governments

by Anna-Kay Russell What is a smart city? That was the first question that came to mind when I saw a promotion for an academic panel called “Understanding Smarter Cities: What Happens Next?”, recently hosted by the Innis College Urban Studies program. After trying to answer the question myself – thinking of smart cities like…

Keep Calm and Cycle On: the case for cycling infrastructure

Emily Wong In early August, Bike Share Toronto announced the addition of 70 new bike stations to its network. This expansion, supported by funding from the City of Toronto as well as from the provincial and federal governments, is a commendable move towards the effective implementation of cycling policies. Encouraging more active transportation is good…