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Google’s Founders Wanted to Shape a City. Toronto Is Their Chance. - The New York Times
Because it’s looking at a neighborhood and not just a typical developer’s parcel, Sidewalk Labs can play with all the infrastructure that connects those parcels — the utility grid, the street network, the sidewalks. But there would be no point in doing all that if there weren’t thousands of people nearby ready to move in, as is the case in rapidly growing Toronto. (Google also announced Tuesday that it would move its Canadian headquarters, which are in Toronto, into the first pilot phase of the development.)

The challenge now amid all the carbon-neutral, internet-enabled robot-monitor sensors will be to keep those humans in mind.
SidewalkLabs  Alphabet  Google  urbandevelopment  review  Toronto  NYTimes  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
The Tenant from Hell
how a serial fraudster took advantage of Toronto’s red-hot real estate market
Toronto  realestate  fraud  TorontoLife  2015 
august 2015 by inspiral
The World's Most Influential Cities |
In order to quantify cities’ global influence, we looked at eight factors: the amount of foreign direct investment they have attracted; the concentration of corporate headquarters; how many particular business niches they dominate; air connectivity (ease of travel to other global cities); strength of producer services; financial services; technology and media power; and racial diversity. (Click here for a more detailed description of our methodology.) We found those factors particularly important in identifying rising stars that, someday, might challenge the current hegemony of our two top-ranked global cities, London and New York.
cities  ranking  influence  global  London  NewYork  Paris  Singapore  Tokyo  HongKong  Dubai  Beijing  Sydney  LosAngeles  SanFrancisco  Toronto  Zurich  Frankfurt  Houston  Amsterdam  Seoul  Washington  Shanghai  AbuDhabi  Chicago  Moscow  Boston  Brussels  Dallas  Madrid  Melbourne  SaoPaulo  Istanbul  Miami  Johannesburg  KualaLumpur  Mumbai  Bangkok  Delhi  Geneva  Atlanta  Berlin  Seattle  TelAviv  MexicoCity  Milan  Montreal  BuenosAires  Jakarta  Philadelphia  Cairo  Guangzhou  HoChiMinhCity  Lagos  Osaka  NewGeography  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
City cycling: health versus hazard | Mosaic
Are the fitness benefits of riding your bike worth the risk of an accident? Lesley Evans Ogden takes a tour of seven cities on two wheels to find out.
cycling  safety  health  transportpolicy  London  Amsterdam  Copenhagen  Montreal  Vancouver  Toronto  personalaccount  Mosaic  WellcomeTrust  2014 
march 2014 by inspiral

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