Urbanism & Transportation New Digest – Vol 2.12

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.      Scotiabank - Options To Deal With The GTA Housing Market — Addressing Supply & Speculation More Important Than Foreign Buyers https://scotia.bluematrix.com/sellside/EmailDocViewer?encrypt=1c67dd89-c6b7-4a52-93a1-f1326973b0cd&mime=pdf&co=Scotia&id=mikecw@ohba.ca&source=mail

2.      Toronto's Housing Crisis: Impacts on Transportation & Transit http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2017/03/torontos-housing-crisis-impacts-transportation-transit

3.      Will Fleissig - Waterfront of dreams http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/waterfront-of-dreams-will-fleissig-wants-to-redefine-how-the-gta-approaches-lakeontario/article34340855/?cmpid=rss1&click=sf_globe

4.      Waterfront of dreams: Will Fleissig wants to redefine how the GTA approaches Lake Ontario http://trib.al/WVEeQMH

5.      The threat of automation reduces wages to point where companies don't have to automate https://medium.com/@ryanavent_93844/the-productivity-paradox-aaf05e5e4aad#.1h0pfj2nt

6.      How to Make Urban Highways Vanish https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/03/the-magic-of-disappearing-highways-map/520263/

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

8.      Can the Great Lakes Shake Off the Rust? https://www.citylab.com/work/2017/03/rust-belt-revival/520500/

9.      So the public transit tax credit, which Liberals are getting rid of, is pretty lousy as a pro-transit policy tool https://twitter.com/iD4RO/status/844725241297408000/photo/1 

 

Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

10.  How Many SmartTrack Stations Will Survive? (I) http://stevemunro.ca/2017/03/17/how-many-smarttrack-stations-will-survive-i

11.  How Many SmartTrack Stations Will Survive? (II) https://stevemunro.ca/2017/03/20/how-many-smarttrack-stations-will-survive-ii/

12.  How Many SmartTrack Stations Will Survive? (III) https://stevemunro.ca/2017/03/23/how-many-smarttrack-stations-will-survive-iii/

13.  Spring 2017 Market Manuscript report on the Canadian Housing Market is now available to download https://fortressrealdevelopments.com/news/market-manuscript-ben-myers-spring-2017/

 

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

14.  Hamilton has a long-term rapid transit strategy called the BLAST network. Building the B-Line LRT is the first piece of BLAST https://twitter.com/HamiltonLRT/status/844261510562168833/photo/1 

 

General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

15.  The Weird Geography of Population Density https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/03/the-weird-geography-of-population-density/520341/

16.  8 Cool Parking Lots  http://www.azuremagazine.com/article/8-cool-parking-lots

17.  What are PPP - purchasing power parity exchange rates - adjustments and why do we need them? https://ourworldindata.org/what-are-PPPs

18.  What Happens When a Poor City Raises Its Minimum Wage to $15 https://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2017/03/will-raising-the-minimum-wage-hurt-or-help-baltimore/520119/?utm_source=feed

19.  The perils of extrapolation; a 'wagging tail' chart of consistent official wrongness https://twitter.com/pv_reynolds/status/844300761760620544/photo/1  

 

Toronto & Ontario

20.  *NEW* Interactive Map of Floor Space Index (FSI) for every property in TOCore http://healthycitymaps.blogspot.ca/2017/03/FSI.html

21.  The Importance of Streetcars in the TTC’s Integrated Transit Network https://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Commission_reports_and_information/Commission_meetings/2016/July_11/Reports/9_The_Importance_of_Streetcars_in_the_TTC's_Integrated_Trans.pdf

22.  Investments in roads is Ontario’s traffic solution: survey http://renewcanada.net/2017/investments-in-roads-is-ontarios-traffic-solution-survey/

23.  Zoomable/Scrollable map of all TTC track  https://www.reddit.com/r/TOmaps/comments/5cu36e/zoomablescrollable_map_of_all_ttc_trackage/?st=J0MF7R6U&sh=4d9a9da8

24.  The Artful City: Mapping Toronto’s Public Art Landscape 1967–2015 (thx Ana Graovac) http://www.ago.net/the-artful-city

 

Canada

25.  Selling off Canada’s airport could result in sky-high prices http://behindthenumbers.ca/2017/03/20/selling-off-canadas-airport-result-sky-high-prices/

26.  New Canada Infrastructure Bank plays poker with public assets http://behindthenumbers.ca/2017/03/20/new-canada-infrastructure-bank-plays-poker-public-assets/

27.  Fed budget providing cash to collect more data on housing is a win. Realtors will need to give up some control, though. http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/03/23/budget-money-for-housing-data-hailed-by-housing-advocates-.html 

 

US

28.  Soon DC Employers May Pay People to Not Drive to Work http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/03/21/soon-dc-employers-may-pay-people-to-not-drive-to-work/

29.  A Map of Noisy America https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/03/a-map-of-noisy-america/520383/?utm_source=feed

30.  Americans’ Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/americans-shift-to-the-suburbs-sped-up-last-year/

31.  Flight From Urban Cores Accelerates: 2016 Census Metropolitan Area Estimates http://www.newgeography.com/content/005570-flight-urban-cores-accelerates-2016-census-metropolitan-area-estimates

32.  CHART: Long-term Average U.S. #Gasoline Price and Market Share of Light Trucks vs. Cars https://twitter.com/PTertzakian/status/845278341666000897/photo/1

  

International

33.  Madrid Wants Its Seniors to Find Roommates https://www.citylab.com/housing/2017/03/madrids-new-roommate-plan-for-seniors/520596/