Google/Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, in collaboration with Waterfront Toronto, is developing a major mixed-use innovation district through a smart-city lens along the eastern waterfront/Port Lands. Considering the vast extent of this undeveloped plot of land, right in downtown Toronto, expect BIG changes on the horizon, which will affect jobs, industry, transportation, accommodation, and infrastructure on a sweeping scale. To keep up to date on news and current developments, head to Sidewalk Toronto.
As a tie-in to Spacing Magazine's newest underground issue, 20 readers (including lucky me!) were invited for a photo tour of Lower Bay, the abandoned platform just under what we know as regular ol' Bay station. The urban explorer nerd in me has been waiting to head down there since the '90s, so this was pretty darn special.
From Waterfront Toronto:
"On May 28-29, 2015, the Dutch Consulate in Toronto and Waterfront Toronto hosted the Canadian – Netherlands Resilient Cities Summit: Planning and Design in a Changing Climate.
The Summit was a unique opportunity for Canadian and Dutch experts to discuss real issues and challenges for mitigation and adapting to a changing climate, and to work on joint solutions. Key themes of the Summit included fostering safe and clean environments, urban flood protection, the management and re-use of soil and sediment, how to achieve more community resilience, and the importance of a regional resilience strategy. Increasingly, we realize the need to find integrated solutions to complex infrastructure systems and to design for smart and resilient cities."
Stanley Park takes up 1,000 acres of downtown land in Vancouver. Winnipeg boasts the Assiniboine and its famed Park Zoo. Toronto -- the winding trails of its massive High Park. And though these singular Canadian icons each contain a buffet of activities, it's the underrated, overarching network of accessible public spaces beyond them that is key to their wellbeing and community livelihoods.
At this year's Park Summit, guests presented their large- and small-scale initiatives to improve the quality of Canadian park life -- among them, the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors who spoke of fishing in the city, the Friends of McCormick Park and their shipping container cafe, and Vancouver's GM of Parks and Recreation, Malcolm Bromley, who discussed the west coast gem's signature park system. Capped off with a reception and tour of Regent Park, the annual event connects the public, policymakers, and community leaders with an aim to instil active involvement in one of the few places we are all free to enjoy in the city, no matter what our social or economic backgrounds.
The event is presented annually by Park People, the Toronto Alliance for Better Parks, and -- just like the open spaces they fiercely promote -- is free for the public. Yes!