Urbanism & Transportation New Digest – Vol 2.10

This digest is a weekly aggregation of urban issues, planning, and transportation news/articles from Canada, the US, and around the world. The links below are provided for informational purposes and as think/debate pieces. Their contents may not reflect the opinion of the curator.

Picks of the Week

1.      Anatomy of a NIMBY https://www.citylab.com/housing/2017/02/california-land-use-housing-affordability/517320/

2.      Infrastructure spending not growing Canada's economy http://renewcanada.net/2017/infrastructure-spending-not-growing-canadas-economy/

3.      The implications of shrinking offices http://cityobservatory.org/the-implications-of-shrinking-offices/

4.      A $2.5 trillion asset manager just put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull http://www.businessinsider.com/stage-street-global-advisors-girl-statue-in-front-of-wall-street-bull-2017-3

5.      The best and worst places to be a working woman – comparison of countries worldwide http://buff.ly/2nheMT7

6.      Why Welfare and Redistribution Saves Capitalism from Itself http://evonomics.com/whats-the-secret-to-joining-the-rich-country-club/

7.      An update on the total land supply: Even more land available for homes and jobs in the Greater Golden Horseshoe http://www.neptis.org/publications/update-total-land-supply-even-more-land-available-homes-and-jobs-greater-golden

8.      Shell CEO warns of “disappearing” public patience on carbon emissions https://www.axios.com/shell-ceo-scared-about-disappearing-public-patience-on-carbon-emission-2307927166.html 

 

Opportunities/New Projects/Developments [generally in the GTHA]

9.      VIA pitches high-frequency rail project http://renewcanada.net/2017/via-pitches-high-frequency-rail-project/

10.  Port Authority approves $32 billion capital plan with funding for new tunnels and terminals https://archpaper.com/2017/02/port-authority-capital-plan-approval/ 

 

General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

11.  What we know about rent control http://cityobservatory.org/what-we-know-about-rent-control/

12.  Yellow Taxis Are Safer Than Blue Ones https://www.citylab.com/work/2017/03/yellow-taxis-are-safer-than-blue-ones/518619/

13.  Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory http://freakonomics.com/podcast/chuck-e-cheeses-kid-can-learn-price-theory/

14.  The dangers of ‘bus knuckles’ https://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/the_fixer/2017/03/08/a-reader-writes-the-book-on-the-dangers-of-bus-knuckles-the-fixer.html

  

Toronto & Ontario

15.  More Census Maps – GGH population and density https://twitter.com/HealthyCityMaps/status/837762853079764992/photo/1 https://twitter.com/HealthyCityMaps/status/837764022619492353/photo/1

16.  Housing - New listings down 13%, active listings down 51%. Prices up 28% https://twitter.com/benmyers29/status/837657255935889409/photo/1

17.  MTO changes could wring money from local scofflaws http://www.simcoereformer.ca/2017/03/06/mto-changes-could-wring-money-from-local-scofflaws

18.  This 3D map shows total + % population increase from 2011 to 2016 in the GTHA https://twitter.com/HealthyCityMaps/status/839935966156587008/photo/1

   

US

19.  NYC – Regional Transportation Survey (thx Ana Graovac) https://maptionnaire.com/en/2116/

20.  Private Sector Offers Up Ideas to Fast-Track Light Rail in L.A. https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/private-sector-light-rail-la-toronto-queen-streetcar-switch-melbourne-rail 

 

International

21.  Meet the Chileans Obsessed With Their Struggling Transit System https://www.citylab.com/commute/2017/03/meet-the-chileans-obsessed-with-their-public-transportation-system/518685/