888 Dupont: Conversations with an old building

I went over to see 888 Dupont Street earlier this month. “I hope you haven’t come to criticize me,” said the old building, aware of... Read More

REID: Spotting (and reviving?) the neighbourhood corner commercial building

Like so many people during the current pandemic lockdown, I’ve started to get to know my neighbourhood much more closely on... Read More

LORINC: Sidewalk Labs steps away from Toronto waterfront

From the earliest days of Sidewalk Labs’ bid to establish a beachhead on Toronto’s waterfront, the cultural mismatch, for lack... Read More

Lessons on urban mobility and inequality during a pandemic

Many cities around the world have started to open up road space for non-automotive movement to give people room to get some exercise... Read More

Observing urban change through the window of a GO train

I wrote this piece last year, long before Covid 19 kept almost everyone at home and before riding transit was something to be avoided... 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

When do we admit that Toronto’s housing crisis is an emergency?

Should the City of Toronto declare a housing and homelessness emergency? Reports on deaths of homeless people, increasing levels of... Read More

LORINC: Is Toronto one small step closer to finding the missing middle?

At last week’s Toronto Urban Design Awards, Mayor John Tory announced that the City will launch an “ideas competition” meant to... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: John Tory discusses housing goals and planning reforms

Later this fall, city council will receive the first of what will likely be a long series of planning reports responding to a July... Read More