5 IDEAS: Urban design challenges of spring weather in a pandemic

With recent warm days foreshadowing lovely spring weather, the public health response to the worsening COVID-19 crisis seems destined... Read More

LORINC: Ford Nation’s phony construction shut-down during pandemic

If you’d tuned in to the Ontario government’s daily press briefing last Friday, you would have seen a grim-faced Doug Ford presenting... Read More

MARY ROWE: Fostering Covid-19 resilience in Canada’s cities

This is a guest column by Mary W. Rowe, CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute Over 80% of Canadians live in cities, making us one of the... Read More

LORINC: Paying rent in a pandemic

It’s the first of the month, which means, for many Toronto tenants, that rent’s due – a perennial transaction that was already imbued... Read More

LORINC: We are about to learn what civic resilience truly is in face of Covid-19 pandemic

In this space last week, I argued that Torontonians, and their elected officials, need to have a far more serious debate about what... Read More

LORINC: Understanding what resilience means in era of COVID-19

“Resilience” in recent years has emerged as the sexiest new addition to the lexicon of urbanist jargon — a word that denotes a kind of... Read More

LORINC: Downsview offers city-building opportunity with a long runway

The key take-away in the Metrolinx business case report released last week, on the economics of the Scarborough subway, is as simple... Read More

LORINC: Burning down the (laneway) house

In recent months, I’ve found myself wondering whether Toronto City Council’s much-touted laneway suites policy, circa 2018, was... Read More

LORINC: Just who is the face of the TTC these days?

With apologies to the famously elusive picture book figure, where’s Rick? Increasingly, as the TTC finds itself in a public relations... Read More

LORINC: Council ponders $600 million affordable housing incentive

It is Toronto’s ur-question, the riddle of riddles, the fodder for a thousand earnest studies. What combination of public policy... Read More