Integrated Planning Digest – Vol.2, Issue #24 – Wk. of June 9 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.      What's happening on all those weekends when the TTC closes for signal work? We went behind the scenes recently

2.      Toronto’s “ambitious” bike plan, one year later – not a good start

3.      How Ontario's economy will react to $15 minimum wage

4.      Historicist: How the ROM Became a World-Class Museum

5.      Can Algorithms Design Safer Intersections?

6.      Ontario investing $127 million in new university


MaaS, AVs, and EVs

7.      S.F. Wants to Check If Uber, Lyft Are “Public Nuisance”


Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

8.      Comparison of Streetcar and Bus Operations on 501 Queen

9.      Automation Across the Nation:Understanding the potential impacts of technological trends across Canada

10.  Bloor bike lanes – open house slides

11.  How Did the Province Do on Land-Use Plan Amendments?

12.  Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation


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

13.  IO and Metrolinx Announce Hurontario LRT Design-Build Shortlist 

14.  $100 Million Manulife Centre Revitalization Kicks Off on Bloor


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

15.  A notable portion of CO₂ emissions in low-income countries goes towards supporting the consumption of richer nations

16.  Can Cities Hack Diversity?

17.  Can Cities Actually Meet the Paris Commitments on Their Own?

18.  Mark Ritson: ow to win an election in seven complex steps


 Toronto & Ontario

19.  Ontario looks to modernize its construction laws

20.  New city data shows 75% of local residents support Bloor St. bike

21.  Toronto’s Little India is Undergoing an Urban Transition with the Vision To Preserve Its Identity

22.  TTC subway and SRT Service Delay data now available through OpenData

23.  Ontario’s distribution of hourly wages (paid employees). Notice the huge spike at the minimum wage…tells us a lot about labour market

24.  Toronto's Housing Bubble is Spreading


 Montreal & Quebec

25.  New law changes the governance of Montreal transit



26.  Time to tackle the big fish in an ocean of tax exemptions

27.  PSPC increases transparency around construction payments



28.  Rural America is the new inner city

29.  Oh the Places You'll Go! Dr. Seuss museum opens its doors in Springfield, Mass

30.  The evolution of Austin's skyline over seven short years

31.  279 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

32.  Rent Is Affordable to Low-Wage Workers in Exactly 12 U.S. Counties



33.  Fantasy Map: Roman Roads in 125AD as a Subway Map

34.  Australia's Tantalizing Lessons on Privatizing Infrastructure


 For fun/other

35.  We asked readers to caption this photo of Obama and Trudeau — and the results were hilarious

36.  Infographic – Forbes highest paid athletes - 2017