Cities

U of T Cities podcast final episode: future cities

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Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Richard Florida, Patricia McCarney and Meric Gertler
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It's been a long road to election day in Toronto.

But – regardless of which candidates come out on top – all the ideas brought to life through debates, platforms, opinion pieces and public discussion will result in a new city and set its citizens on a new path.

Making cities more accessible for everyone

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Ron Buliung on active transport and inclusive design
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Ron Buliung’s interest in urban design initially started with his travels to Europe and India where he saw how different cities dealt with issues such as space, wealth, poverty, street life, congestion and transport.

But his research became intensely personal with the birth of his youngest daughter, who was born with the genetic neuromuscular disease known as spinal muscular atrophy. The disease profoundly limits her physical mobility, and she requires a power chair to move around on her own. 

U of T Cities podcast episode three: sustainable cities

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Experts describe Toronto's future buildings, transit and economy
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With the election just a week away, voter decisions are coming down to the wire: when it comes time to actually cast their ballot, will the choice they make help build a better Toronto?

The latest in U of T News' mini-series of podcasts tackles the question of sustainability to offers voters – and anyone interested in the future of urban issues – an idea of what global cities like Toronto could look like just a few years from now.

UTSC students using Toronto mayoral race as “election laboratory”

Author: 
Dominic Ali

It has all the ingredients of a political thriller or a slapstick comedy: controversial mayoral debates, aggressive attacks ads, last-minute candidate switcheroos. 

And for 20 lucky University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) undergraduates, the political mud-slinging and shenanigans of the city's 2014 municipal election campaign are also proving to be a fascinating learning experience.

Not sure which mayoral candidate aligns with your values? Vote Compass can help

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Startup from political science PhD empowering voters from here to Australia
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

During all the drama and flair of an election, it can be hard for voters to separate their feelings about candidates' personalities from the substance of their platforms and promises.

And in a hotly contested race such as the one leading up to Toronto’s mayoral election, where dramatic changes in the city’s course are close at hand, citizens are questioning – perhaps more deeply than usual –  who should get their vote.

The answer could be just a few clicks away.

U of T Cities podcast episode two: the future of transit

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Meeting the U of T experts and startups reimagining transit downtown and beyond
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

No matter which box Torontonians check on October 27, this city is on a course for change.
 

U of T News is presenting a mini-series of podcasts aimed at giving voters – or anyone interested in the future of cities – an idea of what Toronto and other global cities could look like just a few years from now, as the urban-focused research and businesses developed by University of Toronto experts come to life.

U of T Cities podcast episode one: the future of traffic

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Mini-series launches with U of T experts on smarter traffic lights, hybrid vehicles and politics of the road
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Issues driving public debate and city politics over the past year are heating up as Toronto voters get ready to head to the polls.

Their decisions on October 27 will shape the city's development over the coming years. 

New IMFG report highlights key election issues in six Ontario cities

Author: 
Dominic Ali

As municipal politicians across the province vie for votes, transit is a key issue for four of Ontario's six biggest cities, says a new report from the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG).

How do great universities build great cities?

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The "unknown, invisible" but crucial role of U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni
Author: 
Jennifer Lanthier

Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways – and it’s a symbiotic relationship, says award-winning urban theorist and University of Toronto president Meric Gertler.

Understanding Toronto’s transit future

Author: 
Dominic Ali

On an average weekday, 1.6 million people use public transit to navigate Canada’s largest city, relying on the Toronto Transit Commission’s four subway lines, 11 streetcar routes, and more than 140 bus routes to reach their destinations.

Heading into October’s municipal election, transit and transportation planning is proving to be a pivotal issue among voters. And some of the decisions made about Toronto’s public transportation system today will influence how the city grows for decades to come.

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