Torontoist has been acquired by Daily Hive
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by Farhan Mohamed
2y ago
In 2008, a few friends in Vancouver recognized that a voice was missing from reporting in our country. National news was increasingly international in nature. Provincial was disappearing. And, local seemed out of touch with its audience. So, they started writing the kind of content they wanted to read. Hyperlocal stories aimed at helping people […] The post Torontoist has been acquired by Daily Hive appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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Civic Tech: We tried to get a copy of the Sidewalk Toronto agreement
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by Bernard Rudny
2y ago
Why all the secrecy? If you follow the news in Toronto or if you’re interested in technology, you’ve probably heard of Sidewalk Toronto by now. It’s a joint project of Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, and Waterfront Toronto. This is the tech giant’s first foray into urban development and infrastructure, with Toronto hosting the pilot project. In […] The post Civic Tech: We tried to get a copy of the Sidewalk Toronto agreement appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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Habitat: Environmentalists eye city’s investment policies
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by Mike Lapointe
2y ago
Divestment is “more urgent” in Toronto than NYC A growing list of large institutional investors around the world – state and provincial pension funds, university endowments, and most recently, New York City itself, have been aggressively divesting from fossil fuel investments so as to do their part in mitigating against climate change. Here in Toronto, it’s been a different story. Prominent institutional investors, […] The post Habitat: Environmentalists eye city’s investment policies appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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Another Glass Box: The Stalinist “Bunker” Edition
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by Dan Seljak
2y ago
Mayoral foibles, Google's urban charm offensive, finalists for George Brown's new wood building, and how many avocado toasts will you need to give up? 1 Please don’t poke the mayor – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson found himself criticized in light of calling George Bemi’s award-winning Ottawa Library a “Stalin-ist bunker”. Watson’s rebuke wasn’t so elegant, but the following debate explored how contemporary ideas of wellness and accessibility requires real investment in restoration and renovation. Here in Toronto, Mayor John […] The post Another Glass Box: The Stalinist “Bunker” Edition appeared fir ..read more
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Our One Chance to Fix Yonge Street
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by Albert Koehl
2y ago
The re-imagining of the city’s main artery must look to the future, not the past. It’s clear that Toronto is changing; it’s not so clear that our political leaders have noticed. The debate about the revitalization of Yonge St. in North York Centre, where the cityscape is now dominated by residential towers, highlights the problem. ‘RE-imagining Yonge’, a city initiative covering the area between Sheppard and Finch Avenues, goes to […] The post Our One Chance to Fix Yonge Street appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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Has Toronto Become a City of Instagram Photo Ops?
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by Erin Davis
2y ago
Food, art, even public space now seems to revolve around aesthetic value as judged by the social network. Whether it’s a small new restaurant or a major art gallery exhibition, it seems Toronto’s cultural institutions must cater to the “like” seeking set. The price of success today is a sacrifice made at the altar of Instagram. Of course, to some, it’s not viewed as a sacrifice at all, especially when it boosts business […] The post Has Toronto Become a City of Instagram Photo Ops? appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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Introducing: Another Glass Box, a new weekly architecture feature
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by Dan Seljak
2y ago
Keesmaat’s Next Venture, Shitty Architecture Men, Mod Squad, Presto Problemo, Bench Press, and more in this debut edition. Another Glass Box is a weekly roundup of urban design news in Toronto (and occasionally beyond), in bite-size pieces. It’s curated by Dan Seljak, who’s done marketing and communications work for architecture and construction companies for the last seven years—and who still loves this city enough to line up for brunch.  Content warning: some of the […] The post Introducing: Another Glass Box, a new weekly architecture feature appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan: The Bill is Due
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by Steve Munro
2y ago
As his parting gift to Toronto Council, City Manager Peter Wallace spells out the effect of years of promised new services and infrastructure unmatched by revenue to build and operate our dream city. Toronto Council is good at making promises, voting for better services, new transit lines, a revitalized expressway, but too many of these promises depend on money the city does not have. At budget time, city staff work their magic and trim spending to fit the available dollars. Programs are stretched to make do with less […] The post Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan: The Bill is Due appeared f ..read more
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Civic Tech: Hackers! To Your Stations!
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by Henrik Bechmann (Guest Opinion)
2y ago
For those who care about data, the City’s new Open Data Master Plan is about to change everything. One Saturday afternoon earlier this month, more than 100 people gathered at the Toronto Public Library for an annual gathering called CodeAcross, the city’s annual open data and civic tech event. This year, the theme was the Future of Work. One of the challenges centred on the City of Toronto’s freshly approved Open Data Master […] The post Civic Tech: Hackers! To Your Stations! appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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Our addiction to driving is costing lives, and more
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by Tricia Wood
2y ago
The solution is not to scold drivers but to make structural solutions.   I must confess: I was tempted to write a column along the lines of “Yes, it’s a war on the car, and it’s a just war!” But we don’t need a war on the car. What we need is an intervention. We need a serious conversation about our collective, structural addiction to this substance, […] The post Our addiction to driving is costing lives, and more appeared first on Torontoist ..read more
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