Integrated Planning Digest – Vol.2, Issue #21 – Wk. of May 19 2017

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.      SW Ontario High Speed Rail

a.      Sources tell CBC News govt will announce it's "moving ahead" with Toronto-Windsor high-speed rail plans

b.      High speed rail to Windsor

2.      Update to the Growth Plan for the GGH

a.      Newsroom : Creating Vibrant, Complete Communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

3.      OMB Reforms

a.      Axing OMB boosts cities’ planning power – for better or for worse

b.      The government has announced that the controversial Ontario Municipal Board is not long for this world. But how will the reforms change the places where Ontarians live?

c.       Residents to be blocked from challenging devs within 500m of transit stations under reforms to OMB

d.      New Tribunal Could Soon Replace The Ontario Municipal Board

4.      GRRM developing four HBO “spin-offs” to follow Game of Thones

5.      McKinsey - Imagining construction’s digital future

6.      Toronto is experiencing unprecedented prosperity — so why is our city so poor?

7.      Developers eye housing projects along Toronto transit routes

8.      Ontario plans big boost to minimum wage, update of labour laws

9.      What a Geographically Accurate New York City Subway Map Looks Like


MaaS, AVs, and EVs

10.  Lyft and Waymo work together on self-driving cars

11.  Uber App to Share Transit Departure Times


Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

12.  Global Street Design Guide downloaded 1k+ times in 24 hrs. 29 cities endorsed

13.  New report from Census 2016 charts evolving housing & living trends

14.  How many jobs accessible by transit within a 45 minute trip, based on where you live

15.  TTC service on bus routes is not reliable, although most of it probably fits within the "Service Standards".

16.  Leverage Ontario’s Urban Potential: Mid-Sized Cities Research Series


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

17.  Port Lands Part 3: Creating public space on a man-made island

18.  Metrolinx Issues Barrie GO Rail Corridor Expansion Notice

19.  Government of Canada Announces Milestone in Completion of Rouge National Urban Park

20.  London's $440M bus rapid transit system is finalized

21.  BIG's King West 2.0 Impresses the Public, Planning Less So

22.  Woodbine Racetrack: Submission Informs Redevelopment Plan


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

23.  Meet Harry Beck, the genius behind London's iconic subway map

24.  Volunteering as a measure of social capital

25.  The World's First Floating Light Rail


Toronto & Ontario

26.  King Street transit priority corridor: Staff present "preferred" option to pilot

27.  Laneway housing submission example - Mackay Laneway House: Zoning Variances - Submission 1

28.  Which parts of the newest TTC subway map are the most distorted

29.  TTC Service Standards Update

30.  Does Toronto have a condo-flipping problem

31.  Nice little visualisation of the change in Housing Units in Toronto from 2011-2016

32.  CBRE Canada Q1 Office Market Report outlines future trends in GTHA



33.  Calgary city council has approved phase one of the $4.5-billion Green Line



34.  The map for Baltimore’s new bus system is positively radiant



35.  The Yamanote Line: a Ring or a Radial?