Integrated Planning Digest – Vol.2, Issue #23 – Wk. of June 2 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.      Waves Rippled Through Greenland’s Ice. That’s Ominous

2.      I Almost Worked for Hyperloop One

3.      No, Canada’s housing market doesn’t look like America’s before it crashed, says big bank:

4.      How Ontario Grows

5.      Ontario GDP grew 2.7% last year, pvt sector economists forecast 2.4% in '17

6.      Ontario to spend up to $42.5 million this year on bike infrastructure as part of new cycling commute program

7.      Do Jobs Follow People or Do People Follow Jobs?

8.      The unreal, eerie emptiness of China’s “Ghost Cities”

9.      LORINC: The politics of the minimum wage


MaaS, AVs, and EVs

10.  Energy Consumption and AVs - Listen to Reuben Sarkar, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation


Reports/Papers/Detailed Analysis

11.  Port Lands Planning Initiatives – Interim Report

12.  Growing Up: New Guidelines Promote Child-Friendly Density

13.  IMFG - Visualizing Ontario’s Municipal Finance Data


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

14.  City seeks online public input for 'Transit-First' King Street Pilot

15.  Hamilton submits updated LRT study

16.  Gardiner Off-Ramp Removal Transforming Toronto's South Core


General Transportation/Urban Planning/Economics

17.  The hidden cost of free parking for teachers

18.  How much will it cost to mitigate climate change?

19.  Fixation On City Skylines Detracts From City Streets

20.  Paris statements from: Telsa Disney GE Facebook Twitter Google Goldman Sachs Microsoft Amazon Uber IBM Shell


Toronto & Ontario

21.  Toronto Releases Planning Guidelines Focused on Kids

22.  Developer’s plan to build beside the rail corridor at Dupont St. would put lives at risk, city says

23.  Ontario Releases Building Code Changes Targeted at Making it Easier to Charge in Many New Residential and Workplace Buildings

24.  City plans can't be fully funded with budget freeze, critics say

25.  City staff recommend the elimination of the city’s Front Yard Parking program

26.  Innovative asset management system awarded in Waterloo, Ont.


 Montreal & Quebec

27.  Ottawa, Gatineau sign inter-provincial transit agreement

28.  Meet Montréal’s New Wave of Activist Developers

29.  You had one job: Paving blunder draws jeers in Montreal



30.  Ex-banker says Infrastructure Bank governance is weaker than what existed at BDC during Shawinigate scandal



31.  The US Has Forgotten How to Do Infrastructure

32.  New York’s MTA Genius Challenge

33.  A 'Brand New, Improved' Cap-and-Trade System for California



34.  Dublin Looks to Speed Up Buses