Monthly Archives: January 2018

What American Cities Can Learn From Toronto’s Success

By: Gideon Berger, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use Last month, representatives from four NLC member cities — Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, Arizona — traveled to Toronto, Ontario for a study tour.Last month, representatives from four NLC member cities — Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, Arizona — traveled to Toronto, Ontario for a study tour. With a population of 2,800,000, Toronto is North America’s fourth-largest city — and the  community is working to cope with explosive growth (fueled in part … Read More

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Making sense of the development approvals process in a post-OMB world

By Nelson Mah, Laurentian Bank Photos of the Event StrategyCorp Presentation       Introduction On January 16, 2018, ULI Toronto hosted a sold-out panel discussion on navigating a post-Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) world. The discussion sought to examine the impact of Bill 139 and its effect on the development approvals process. John Matheson, Principal, StrategyCorp, moderated the discussion with Jane Pepino, Senior Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP, Leona Savoie, Vice President, Hullmark Developments Ltd., Emma West, Partner, Bousfields Inc., and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre – Rosedale … Read More

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Member Profile: Monika Rau, Development Coordinator at Dream Unlimited

By Nelson Mah, Laurentian Bank           Monika Rau is an urban planner, community builder and activist whose personal mission is to help shape Toronto’s growth as a city. She’s a forward-thinking individual who has spent her career focusing on planning, development, and real estate, as demonstrated by the wide range of titles she’s held at established firms and the breadth of her community and industry involvement as a volunteer. Monika caught the real estate bug at an early age. She was always fascinated by homes and … Read More

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FY17 Annual Report Released

The release of our FY17 Annual Report lands well into FY18 – so it serves as both a review of the fiscal year past and an interim report of the exciting year we have begun. Last April we hosted our second major symposium, which deepened our investigation into the areas of placemaking, mobility and technology. Established in 2015, these themes have proven to be durable programming lenses but much more work needs to be applied – both to their points of intersection and the balancing of these urban forces – … Read More

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Toronto Selected as Host for 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition

We are pleased to announce that Toronto has been selected as the host for the 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition! 2018 General Competition Brief: Toronto (PDF)     Since 2002, the ULI Hines Student Competition has challenged students to collaborate across disciplines and imagine a better built environment. Groups of five students form teams to devise a development program for a real site in a North American city, providing designs, market-based financial data, and related narratives. This year’s Toronto is the host city, with a challenge to develop a comprehensive … Read More

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#CityResolve 2018: What Makes Toronto

        #CityResolve is an initiative conceived by the Toronto Urban Land Institute, a non-profit focused on fostering discussions around responsible land use and city building, along with creating and sustaining thriving communities. #CityResolve brings Torontonians together with the common goal of making our (your) City a better place. This year, we want to focus on home.  “What Makes Toronto,” well.. Toronto? Is it the people? The places? The groups, the music, the ideas? We want to hear from you! The campaign will run between January 8 and … Read More

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Affordability hack-a-thon

By: Richard Joy There is no coincidence that as the fastest growing urban region on the continent, the Toronto region is tracking to become the least affordable metropolitan area on the continent. It’s a worrying fact that every highly successful urban economy in the world has left its poorest residents on the losing side of this prosperity, not to mention its middle class. Must this be the Toronto region’s destiny? Is there a missing piece in our growth equation that can address this universal urban economic failure? Amazing work and leadership is being undertaken by an array of organizations, progressive developers, academics and government to bend this dangerous trajectory. It’s widely recognized that … Read More

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