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IT’S TIME TO INTRODUCE ROAD PRICING IN TORONTO

December 1, 2016

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In this submission, It's Time to Introduce Road Pricing in Toronto, we present a rationale for moving forward with road pricing in Toronto. Road pricing will not only generate revenue, but it will also help the City achieve strategic short and long-term goals including reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

A New Life for Old City Hall

November 22, 2016

A New Life for Old City Hall Report Cover

In 2015, City of Toronto staff embarked on a study to determine future uses for Old City Hall, a beloved landmark in the heart of Canada’s largest city. The study will focus on accommodating a city museum and designing a public space that contributes to Toronto’s cultural identity and civic life.1 As part of this process, the City will consult with stakeholders and the public to gather input and ideas on Old City Hall’s future programming.

This report, A New Life for Old City Hall, does not put forth recommendations, but intends to spark creative thinking and inspire a public discussion around future uses for Old City Hall by presenting inspiring case studies, found locally and across the globe.

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Solving the Last Mile: A Ryerson City Building Institute Meetup

September 20, 2016

The "last mile" is the trek commuters make between home and a major transit station or from station to workplace. This problem will affect more people as the GTHA grows by an estimated 3 million over the next 25 years. 

Join the the Ryerson City Building Institute for a Meet-Up that brings together leading city builders, transit experts and the public to discuss the last mile.

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Suburbs on Track: Building transit-friendly neighbourhoods outside of the Toronto core

September 7, 2016

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Two of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area's biggest challenges are mobility and housing affordability. At this intersection lies an opportunity for the province to create the conditions for optimizing residential and commercial development in our urban and suburban centres, particularly around new transit infrastructure. This report by the Ryerson City Building Institute and the Ontario Home Builders' Association outlines four steps the province can take to get Toronto’s suburbs and surrounding municipalities “on track” for the future.

Driverless Cars & City Building: A CBI "Meet-Up"

May 12, 2016

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CBI and TVO's Steve Paikin hosted a lively discussion on driverless cars, on-demand ride-sharing, and the impact both will have on the future of the Toronto region.

Ontario's proposed new land use planning rules can get growth on track

May 10, 2016

Getting Growth on Track

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CBI quoted in The Globe and Mail and Metro News.

Background: read our previous blogs and reports:

  • Online Brief: The Outer Limits: Housing the region within the bounds of Greenbelt protection
  • Online Brief: Getting Intense over Sprawl: Nine Lessons from the Crombie Report
  • Report: Getting Growth on Track: Aligning transit investment and growth planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Complete streets champion Janette Sadik-Khan inspires Toronto’s own "Streetfight"

April 26, 2016

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CBI welcomed former NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to speak to a sold out crowd of city builders on the Ryerson campus. A leader in the movement for safer, more livable streets, Janette shared her strategies for success and her new book, Streetfight: Handbook for an urban revolution. Following her presentation, Janette was joined onstage by former Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume for a lively discussion about how to make it all happen in Toronto.

Coinciding with the City’s deliberations on the Bloor Bike Lane Pilot, Janette’s visit ignited public discussion on the value and benefits of street safety and inspired a number of media stories, including features by John Lorinc and Urban Toronto.

The following week, Toronto City Council approved the Bloor Bike Lane Pilot, 38-3.

Missed our event? Check out our blog Will Toronto’s Streetfight Begin with a Bike Brawl? for a look at Janette’s ideas in the Toronto context.

Students Retrofit the Suburbs

April 14, 2016

Following the completion of CBI’s winter 2016 "Retrofitting Suburbia" studio course, Ryerson Planning students presented their final projects to a sold-out crowd at 401 Richmond. The students were then joined on stage by expert panelists Jaclene Begley, Mike Collins-Williams, and Zahra Ebrahim for a lively discussion about the planning, policy, and design strategies needed to transform auto-oriented suburban developments near public transit into more walkable, transit-oriented, and socially vital neighbourhoods.

Getting intense over sprawl: Nine lessons from the Crombie Report

February 26, 2016

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With the Crombie Panel report released two months ago, we are nearing the end of the Province of Ontario's 10­-year coordinated land use planning review. The Crombie Panel’s report includes comprehensive list of 87 recommendations for the Province to consider as they are quickly drafting amendments for release early in 2016.

This CBI commentary digests and distills the Crombie Panel report's 87 recommendations into nine key proposals, which we hope the Province hears loudly.

Ryerson CBI's analysis of the Scarborough subway plan

January 22, 2016

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Late January, the City of Toronto unveiled another iteration of the Scarborough Subway transit plan. Unlike previous proposals, this plan focused on creating a transit network, trading in two subway stops for an entire LRT line with 17 stations.  

CBI’s Commentary, “Getting on board the Scarborough transit plan,” analyzed the new plan, reminding policy makers that a good transit plan needs a strong supporting land use plan.

CBI’s Executive Director, Cherise Burda, appeared on The Agenda with Steve Paikin to explain how we need to plan for density and complete communities to justify the new Scarborough plan. Cherise's analysis of the Scarborough transit plan was also quoted in the Toronto Star and John Lorinc's blog for TVO.

Design guru Susan Chin presents on "Under the Elevated"

January 13, 2016

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In partnership with MASS LBP, Ryerson CBI held a unique public lecture with Susan Chin of NYC's Design Trust for Public Space. Susan delivered an engaging presentation on the design potential of these forgotten public spaces beneath elevated infrastructure. She was joined by Public Work's Marc Ryan for a discussion, moderated by Jane Farrow, on the future of Toronto's highest profile design project, the Under Gardiner.

Missed our event? Check out our blog Underneath it All: How Toronto’s Under Gardiner could be a global model to unlock forgotten spaces for a summary of Susan's visit.

Getting growth on track: Aligning transit investment and growth planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Recommendations for the next generation of Ontario’s planning framework.

October 14, 2015

Getting Growth on Track

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In an effort to support the Province of Ontario's 10­-year coordinated land use planning review, the Ryerson City Building Institute convened subject matter experts to find policy solutions, tools, and approaches to strengthen the links between transit investments and planning. Five priorities emerged from the workshop discussion and are presented in the Ryerson City Building Report, Getting Growth on Track.

Citylinx database: What's up with city building?

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Citylinx is a growing database of city building organizations that are involved in research and engagement on urban issues. Citylinx offers a snapshot of the city building landscape, identifying trends and emerging specialties and areas of focus. Check out our recent blog posts to see what's up with city building in the GTHA. These posts examine the university's role in city building and profile Hamilton as an emerging leader for city building initiatives.

Ryerson CBI is continually adding organizations to the database in an effort to connect, monitor, and increase awareness of city building initiatives. To search organizations, add a new organization or update an existing organization, please click here.

Bridging divides: what can cities do?

May 13, 2015

Bridging Divides symposium

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In a unique public forum held by the Ryerson CBI, three GTA mayors joined urban experts to propose strategies aimed at bridging the growing divides in our cities.

Six interdisciplinary teams presented solutions that would help bridge growing divides in transit, income polarization, immigration and identity, housing affordability, access to services and political culture. The ideas were then field tested a moderated discussion led by Ryerson CBI Director - External, Anne Golden, with mayors Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga), Steve Parish (Ajax) and John Tory (Toronto).

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