Urbanism & Transportation New Digest – Vol 2.11

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.      Lack of Uber produces elite meltdown at SXSW http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/03/13/lack_of_uber_produces_elite_meltdown_at_sxsw.html

2.      P3 Point-Counterpoint - Opposing views on private infrastructure funding http://renewcanada.net/2017/opposing-views-on-private-infrastructure-funding/

3.      NYC - Every idea to cut traffic has failed, except this one http://nyti.ms/2mi21s5

4.      A Theory on Why Dhaka Has the Best Spot on Earth for a City https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/03/a-theory-on-why-dhaka-has-the-best-spot-on-earth-for-a-city/519219/

5.      Most opposition to light rail based on process: report http://renewcanada.net/2017/most-opposition-to-light-rail-based-on-process-report/

6.      Canada’s Urban Areas: Descent from Affordability  http://www.newgeography.com/content/005559-canada-s-urban-areas-descent-affordability 

7.      The 'missing middle', a term about the lack of mid-size housing http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2017/03/explainer-missing-middle-housing

8.      Shopping vs. Shipping https://transportist.org/2017/03/14/shopping-vs-shipping/

9.      Time for rapid transit, more rapidly http://m.thespec.com/opinion-story/6927743-time-for-rapid-transit-more-rapidly

10.  The Wisdom of Engaging Nervous Cyclists https://www.planetizen.com/node/91648/wisdom-engaging-nervous-cyclists

11.  The Results of America's First Transit-Incentive Program https://www.citylab.com/commute/2017/03/the-results-of-americas-first-transit-incentive-program/519033/

12.  Can a computer do your job? Here's a table looking at which jobs are most at risk of automation http://ow.ly/1Tsn309Yr2u

13.  16 Questions About Self-Driving Cars http://a16z.com/2017/01/06/selfdriving-cars-frank-chen/

14.  From the Ryerson City Building Institute, a counterpoint to the hyperventilating about the Greenbelt and house prices http://fb.me/3m9uRRYzU

15.  Diversity is the greatest strength of Toronto. Every person in our city is one dot on this map https://twitter.com/HealthyCityMaps/status/841454072058249221/photo/1

16.  All under one roof: how malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/mar/16/malls-cities-become-one-and-same

17.  Toronto’s Housing Boom Refills Empty Nests, Driving Prices Even Higher https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/12/world/canada/torontos-housing-boom-refills-empty-nests-driving-prices-even-higher.html

18.  “Talk to Your Friends About Zoning”: A PSA Campaign for the NIMBY in Your Life http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/02/13/_talk_to_your_friends_about_zoning_a_psa_campaign_for_your_nimby_neighbors.html 

 

Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

19.  Rules for Researchers https://transportist.org/2017/03/13/rules-for-researchers/

20.  Re-Programming Mobility - The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the United States http://reprogrammingmobility.org/

21.  Scarborough Subway Cost Rises Again (III) – Value Engineering breakdown https://stevemunro.ca/2017/03/16/scarborough-subway-cost-rises-again-iii/

 

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

22.  Hamilton LRT design, environmental report goes public ahead of crucial vote http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7187451-hamilton-lrt-design-environmental-report-goes-public-ahead-of-crucial-vote/

23.  Hamilton Pier 8 development http://renewcanada.net/2017/release-date-announced-for-rfp-for-hamiltons-pier-8-development/

24.  Ottawa City Council has approved its Stage 2 LRT plan, the largest infrastructure project in the city's history http://renewcanada.net/2017/ottawa-approves-stage-2-lrt-project/

25.  Pair of Office Redevelopments Proposed on Richmond West http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2017/03/pair-office-redevelopments-proposed-richmond-west

26.  Studio Gang joins effort to re-imagine Yonge + St. Clair http://brandondonnelly.com/post/158249156048/studio-gang-joins-effort-to-re-imagine-yonge-st 

 

General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

27.  Google Tries to Run Uber Off the Road—in Court https://www.wired.com/2017/03/google-tries-run-uber-off-road-permanently-court/

28.  Drive Safely: Traffic Safety in Short Supply the Monday After Daylight-Saving Time https://www.planetizen.com/node/91685/drive-safely-traffic-safety-short-supply-monday-after-daylight-saving-time

29.  Of Maps and Modernism http://marketurbanism.com/2017/03/14/of-maps-and-modernism/

30.  Latest house-price indicators from The Economist http://brandondonnelly.com/post/158421046453

31.  Can't tax, won't tax - The hole in Western finances http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2017/03/cant-tax-wont-tax?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/

32.  Going faster doesn’t make you happier; you just drive farther http://cityobservatory.org/going-faster-doesnt-make-you-happier-you-just-drive-farther/

33.  Development TreasureMap shows Unbuilt Density based on as-of-right zoning & existing building area https://twitter.com/HealthyCityMaps/status/842713162763964417/photo/1

 

Toronto & Ontario

34.  It costs St. Catharines Transit almost $400,000 a year to serve the new suburban megahospital site. http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2013/02/22/transit-commission-gears-up-to-service-new-hospital

35.  Cineplex details plans for massive entertainment complex https://nowtoronto.com/music/features/cineplex-details-plans-for-massive-rec-room-complex/

36.  Toronto echo boomers are choosing to live in urban areas, replacing driving with walking, cycling and transit https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/08/16/in_complete_communities_pedestrians_take_precedence.html

37.  Ontario Releases Basic Income Consultation Feedback https://news.ontario.ca/mcss/en/2017/03/ontario-releases-basic-income-consultation-feedback.html 

 

Canada

38.  Liberal government has released a discussion paper on parliamentary reform https://www.canada.ca/en/leader-government-house-commons/news/2017/03/government_houseleaderreleasesdiscussionpaperonthemodernizationo.html

39.  CMHC to Increase Mortgage Insurance Premiums https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/nero/nere/2017/2017-01-17-0830.cfm

40.  New rules for flying recreational drones in Canada revealed http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-drone-regulations-marc-garneau-1.4027486

  

US

41.  CA - Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles for Public Operation https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/autonomous/auto

42.  What did New York look like before it was a city? http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/wallerstein/events

43.  History of US Bear & Bull Markets Since 1926 https://idragovic.wordpress.com/

44.  How Big Data Broke American Politics http://nbcnews.to/2nlklUP

45.  BART has $3.5 billion to spend: Here's what we think they should fix first http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BART-measure-rr-fixes-trains-stations-10978759.php

  

International

46.  Oslo to go car-free in city centre by 2019, also build 60km of bike lanes and do "massive" transit investment http://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-environment-oslo-idUSKCN0SD1GI20151019

47.  This Saudi City Going Oil-Free https://www.citylab.com/politics/2017/03/the-saudi-city-going-oil-free/519531/?utm_source=feed

48.  To Entice Riders, Singapore Buses Get a 'Signature Scent' https://www.citylab.com/commute/2017/03/singapore-buses-now-have-a-signature-scent-to-entice-more-riders/518940/

49.  1928 cutaway map of London Piccadilly station https://twitter.com/robnitm/status/842380676636770305/photo/1

50.  Melbourne, Australia Plans Assault on Sprawl With '20-Minute Neighborhoods' https://www.planetizen.com/node/91760/melbourne-australia-plans-assault-sprawl-20-minute-neighborhoods

  

For fun/other

51.  'Hidden Figures' Has Now Made More Money The Latest 'Star Trek,' 'X-Men' and 'Bourne' Films https://goo.gl/8TVUHf

52.  Nimuno's Lego Tape Turns Anything Into A Lego-Friendly Surface https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/nimuno-lego-tape/

53.  What should you think about when using Facebook? https://veekaybee.github.io/facebook-is-collecting-this/#how-facebook-collects-data