Urbanism & Transportation New Digest – Vol 2.15

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.      The hierarchical pyramid of argument quality

2.      What Happened to Atlanta's Carmageddon? – Following the freeway collapse last week

3.      Has John Tory Discovered Life After SmartTrack?

4.      Detroit Is Stomping Silicon Valley in the Self-Driving Car Race

5.      Toronto Local Appeal Body Launches on May 3

6.      'Exact opposite of what is needed': CIBC slams Ont. rent-control rules

7.      What Drove the Driving Downturn?

8.      Ontario needs a rental rethink, but should tread carefully

9.      Mayors, minister look at plans for 'Union Station West' ‪Toronto Pearson airport

10.  Politics Should Be Removed from Transit Planning - The governance of public transit in Toronto is a bit of a shambles.

11.  5 Tactics To Grow Value-Added GIS Services In your Organization (Part 1)5 Tactics To Grow Value-Added GIS Services In your Organization (Part 2)

12.  This website allows you to virtually climb Mount Everest

13.  Toronto home prices soar 33.2% in March to kick off spring homebuying season

14.  How a small town [in Ontario] is using Uber to fill its public transit void


Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

15.  Alliance for Biking & Walking - The Alliance Benchmarking Report

16.  Opportunities and Issues in Using Disaggregated Population Data


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

17.  Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario announce funding for 312 public transit projects across Ontario

18.  Federal government commits $1.8 billion to Regional Express Rail

19.  Growth To Watch For 2017: Toronto's Central Waterfront

20.  Province, Cities To Proceed With Kipling Regional Bus Terminal

21.  Big Plans in Store for the Transformation of Don Mills & Eglinton


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

22.  Parking rules raise your rent.

23.  Reviving the Dead Spaces Under Elevated Structures

24.  Can Startups Save Struggling Metros?

25.  How Fast Food Cornered the Urban Market

26.  We Rank the Walkability of NBA and NHL Arenas

27.  Studying economics? These are the best universities to head to

28.  Downstream effects of electric and autonomous vehicles


Toronto & Ontario

29.  Toronto Real Estate From A Population Growth Perspective

30.  Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area Government-Owned Public Lands Web Map

31.  Active Transportation Planning Beyond the Greenbelt

32.  Apartment developers discuss Toronto rental market

33.  The real reason ON insurance rates are so high

34.  Google map of actual TTC subway routes, including arc under QP and the back and forth up Yonge

35.  Map of Ottawa circa 1895

36.  Departing CEO Bruce McCuaig optimistic about future of Metrolinx

37.  U of T is one of eight universities from across North America chosen to compete in the AutoDrive Challenge, sponsored by GM and SAE International



38.  Vancouver’s Foreign Buyer Tax Didn’t Stop Real Estate Sales, China Did

39.  Parliament – Special Committee on Electoral Reform response

40.  Canada's quality of life ranks in middle of 'peer' countries: report



41.  US DOT – Transportation and Health Tool

42.  How to really fix Americas infrastructure problem

43.  Young People Trend YIMBY, Older People NIMBY, in the San Francisco Bay Area

44.  New York City isn’t hollowing out; It’s growing



45.  Madrid is getting rooftop gardens on its buses as part of a plan to improve the city

46.  Paris Targets Vacant Second Homes With 60% Tax

47.  The Latest Headache for Brexit Britain: Gibraltar's Airport


For fun/other

48.  US, Canada and Mexico set to submit joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

49.  1,000 teens were asked to rank brands on how cool they are. WSJ, Vice basically tied for dead last

50.  A runaway supermassive black hole (not the Muse song)

51.  (Spoilers Extended) Interesting Extra-Textual Statements GRRM has Made About ASOIAF