Rod Bovay, RPP

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What would a truly walkable city look like?

The obsession with self-driving cars and dockless cycles means pedestrians are often overlooked. But if we fail to accommodate those on foot, we ignore an essential part of what makes a city great<p>Arriving by Greyhound coach in Phoenix, Arizona, one November evening I was faced with either six hours …

England

The Other Side of “Broken Windows”

What if vacant property received the attention that, for decades, has been showered on petty crime?<p>In the nineteenth century, British researchers began studying the variation in crime rates between and within cities. Some of these studies offered relatively simple accounts of the variance, in which …

Urban Design

What is the most democratic and effective way to govern a city the size and economic import of Toronto?

<i>Richard Florida is University Professor in the University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management. Alan Broadbent is chair of Avana Capital and Maytree, and author of</i> Urban Nation<i>.</i><p>It’s not every day of the week that one of the world’s great cities turns into a political …

Yuval Noah Harari on what the year 2050 has in store for humankind

Forget programming - the best skill to teach children is reinvention. In this exclusive extract from his new book, the author of <i>Sapiens</i> reveals what …

Singularity

What Makes A Place Walkable

"Walkability" is a word urbanists throw around, often with different ideas as to what it really means, or why we care about it. As a literal …

Here’s Why Canada’s Traffic Safety Record Is Better Than Ours

O, Canada — our neighbor to the true north is not only strong and free, but way safer.The death rate on Canadian roadways is less than half that of …

How Much Should We Blame Planners for Sprawl? - Market Urbanism

How much should we blame planning for the degree to which cities sprawl? As much time as we (justifiably) spend here on this blog explaining how …

Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, last week, 125 mostly white, mostly male, business-card-bearing attendees crowded into a brightly lit ballroom to consider …

Dead Golf Courses Are the New NIMBY Battlefield

As the sport’s popularity wanes, vast amounts of underutilized land will open up. Can it be developed?<p>Golf is dying, many experts say. According to one study by the golf industry group Pellucid Corp., the number of regular golfers fell from 30 to 20.9 million between 2002 and 2016. Ratings are …

Urban Design

The healing power of green spaces

The healthcare community is looking at adopting integrated care systems in which outdoor healing and therapeutic gardens are an essential complement …

Challenging the myths about millennials and housing

Conventional wisdom suggests millennials have been squeezed out of the housing market in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.<p>They can’t afford the …

How Will Cities Look in the Future?

As cities grow, the real estate industry faces a number of emerging shifts in urban planning which will define the way people interact with their …

Smart Cities

Understanding the Unique Challenges of Urban Loneliness

Let's acknowledge that loneliness and depression is common among urban residents, and figure out ways urban planning can foster connections and …

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to start testing smart-city features in Toronto this summer

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Alphabet’s urban innovation company Sidewalk Labs hopes to break ground on its first ever smart-city project in Toronto in 2020, and begin testing some of the proposed technologies this summer, its chief executive told Reuters.<p>This is the first time a timeline has been publicly …

Our One Chance to Fix Yonge Street

The re-imagining of the city’s main artery must look to the future, not the past.It’s clear that Toronto is changing; it’s not so clear that our …

A Quick, Clear Explanation for Why Parking Minimums Hurt Cities

Ottawa’s 90-second PSA concisely outlines the damage of a policy set in the past.<p>Of all the cities across North America relaxing their developer parking requirements, none can boast a PSA on the topic as clear and concise as Ottawa’s 90-second “Review of Minimum Parking Standards” video.<p>The clip …

Monorail: A Key Urban Lesson from The Simpsons

Arian Horbovetz is a Strong Towns member and writer at The Urban Phoenix. The following piece is republished from his site with permission.If you …

What Counts as 'Real' City Planning?

The traditional canon of urban planning excludes people and practices that could greatly benefit it—and society. That needs to change.<p>In <i>Cities of Tomorrow</i>, a textbook commonly used to teach the history of urban planning, Peter Hall espoused the contributions of Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, and …

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades'

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge<p>A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction …

Civil Rights

The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control?

Bangalore is the worst city in the world for unchecked urbanisation TV Ramachandra, Indian Institute of Science<p>The city stretches so far. It is like a new world where I know no​​ one and nothing Tan Guo, returning resident<p>African cities cannot become sustainable by building roads. They must embrace …

Geography

Revisiting Subdivision Regulations

"[Z]oning disputes typically only involve a few parcels of land at a time," according to Sarah Kobos.Publication Date: Wed, 02/14/2018

Inclusionary Zoning Gets Downsized in Ontario

Toronto housing activists and politicians say a draft policy doesn’t go nearly far enough to provide affordable housing.<p>Politics in Ontario, as CityLab’s Richard Florida recently pointed out, has become something of a liberal lovefest, especially on issues of equity and inclusion. Long before …

What does a walkable street look like?

You know those games you usually find on the back of a cereal box or in a kids' magazine that present you with two seemingly identical pictures and …

Infographic: The Evolution of Urban Planning

The Evolution of Urban Planning<p>on January 20, 2018 at 10:11 am<p>Shares 2.8K<p>Urban planning has been around for as long as cities have existed, but the …

Great Cities Enable You to Live Longer

Dense, well-educated, immigrant-friendly cities boost longevity—especially for the low-income.<p>Some of the most provocative social science research in the past decade has come from the Equality of Opportunity Project, led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty. The project’s major work looks at the …

Why Walkable Streets are More Economically Productive

What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the …

The Great Crime Decline and the Comeback of Cities

Patrick Sharkey, author of Uneasy Peace, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.<p>Two of the most remarkable trends in recent years have been the tremendous decline in violent crime and the comeback of once downtrodden and written-off cities. In his new book,</i> …

Placemaking: Movement, Manifesto, Tool, Buzzword—or What?

Amongst other placemaking-related news this year, the Boston Society of Architects’ Placemaking Network celebrated its 10-year anniversary by …

On Thursday, 7th of September 2017, CBC interviewed Professor Nicholas Rose from King’s College, U.K. on his sociological studies for an upcoming</i> …

The 2017 Streetsies: Best and Worst of the Year

We asked. You voted. Enjoy the Streetsie Awards for the best and worst of 2017.<b>Biggest Villains</b><b>Elon Musk</b>Photo: JD Lasica/Flickr/CCMusk’s brilliant …