Urbanism & Transportation New Digest – Vol 2.14

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.      Must Watch – Growing Pains in the GTHA. Excellent 30-min summary of how we grew and challenges going forward

2.      Toronto Named The Most Diverse City In The World By BBC Radio (following analysis of census data)

3.      'Here’s another thought. Boomers take up too much space.' The great Jennifer Wells on TO housing crunch

4.      Greenbelt won’t be loosened to ease housing prices

5.      Why Uber Is Promoting Road Pricing

6.      Does Canada Have An Empty Homes Problem?

7.      Bill Morneau wants slow and steady approach to infrastructure funding

8.      Pearson airport hopes ownership change can fuel regional transit

9.      Transit and Tax Credits: A Lesson in Preparing Your Audience

10.  50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets 

11.  Breaking Bad: Why breaking up big cities would hurt America

12.  Canada’s oilsands see upside of reducing carbon

13.  PEO Professional Development Program (PEAK) has launched



Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

14.  CD Howe Institute - New and Improved: How Institutional Investment in Public Infrastructure can Benefit Taxpayers and Consumers

15.  Turnpike Roads of England and Wales

16.  Quebec Government has released its 2017-18 budget, with a strong focus on transit as part of its 2017-2027


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

17.  Eglinton Crosstown LRT Moves to Battery Back-Up

18.  Donlands Station second exit / entrance: TTC contractors start surveying, March 27

19.  Jarvis and Church Corridor – Growth to Watch

20.  407 Transitway: Northern GTA's express bus corridor

21.  Metrolinx – Community Consultation Charter Participation

22.  Changes to Montreal REM LRT Plan

23.  Relief Line – SAC Slide Deck – Updates to alignment Queen-Gerrard

24.  TTC installing new elevator at St Patrick Station


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

25.  What is on the other side of the world from where you are right now


Toronto & Ontario

26.  York commits to electric bus demonstration

27.  Metrolinx approves Vaughan GO station that will put more cars on the road

28.  The city manager, with answers from Metrolinx, has responded to Cllr Josh Matlow questions on subway and LRT as council gets underway

29.  New institute aims to make Toronto an ‘intellectual centre’ of AI capability

30.  The TTC wants you to take a stand on its escalators

31.  Toronto is about to solicit public input on its long term financial plan

32.  A family bid $150K under the highest offer on an Oakville home and still got the sale. The reason why will leave you heartened

33.  Ford plans $337.9M R&D centre in Ottawa for self-driving car technology



34.  The Alternative Federal Budget

35.  Students turn to Canada in Trump immigration era



36.  Plans for incredible u-shaped skyscraper unveiled

37.  Austin - Zoning capacity vs housing supply

38.  Seattle's New Updated Pedestrian Master Plan Includes $22 Million for Sidewalks

39.  Highway Projects Won’t Save the Rust Belt

40.  The most detailed national map of the 2016 vote



41.  The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies

42.  Manchester-Leeds Maglev proposal 

43.  London house prices per square foot


For fun/other

44.  A technician holding a sphere coated in vantablack – the darkest pigment ever created

45.  Massive botnets amplify fake news producers

46.  Elon Musk is starting a company to help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines

47.  An asteroid hunter explains how she’s protecting Earth from a killer space rock

48.  The most informative (and beautiful) image of a brain I've ever seen

49.  Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever