We like optimism, yes we do. Infrastructure gets us going pretty good as well. To wit: an item that counsels us to look out to the sprawl for innovative approaches to badly needed infrastructure.
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Enormous pressure will soon be placed on the world’s croplands as they are exchanged for human habitat. Mind boggling stuff, even without consideration of climate change!
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Earlier this year urban planning was said to be the hot new occupation. Nice! Especially if it means we’ll have more people paying attention to the built, spatial dimension of inequality and poverty? Hope so. No kids, it isn’t all groovy, inclusive charettes and pencil crayon renderings of LRTs. Here’s a couple of recent pieces to help the young upstarts dig into the realities.
Mapping the city. How transit can fix access to jobs in Toronto
How urban design perpetuates racial inequality – and what we can do about it. Our cities weren’t created equal. But they don’t have to stay that way
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New work from University of Toronto indicates a not inconsiderable peril for the health of the GTA’s children.
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A blogger continues looking at the dispersal of work.
Is job sprawl “the defining issue of our time”?
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A score of 0 accrues to much of the fabric of the GTA after a York University study rated and mapped public transit service levels.
Waiting for a bus that takes forever: Welcome to Toronto’s ‘transit desert’. A new report explains how transit planning has created inequality, and points the way to “transit justice.”
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Toronto & Vancouver are about even with each other for hosting those who work yet live in poverty. 2006-2012 data and major reports are the basis of this front page Toronto Star piece.
Toronto: The Downton Abbey of Canada? Toronto has the largest and fastest growing concentration of working poverty in the country
Metcalfe Foundation (links & webinar)
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There’s no question that shelter resources are needed out in Toronto’s sprawl; but how will such shelters integrate with existing social services infrastructure?
Homeless worry over plan to open suburban shelters: hostels outside core may be isolated from downtown support