Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Final Four of City Building: Teams from Cornell University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Maryland Advance in ULI Hines Student Competition

Students Compete for Winning Design of Toronto Site; Top Team to Receive $50,000 For more information, contact Trisha Riggs at 202-624-7086 WASHINGTON (February 22, 2018) – A graduate student team from Cornell University, two teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a team from the University of Maryland have been selected as the four finalists for the 16th annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition, an ideas competition that provides students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for an actual, large-scale site in an … Read More

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Awakening Transit Advocacy

  By: Richard Joy It’s been awhile, but frustration with transit gridlock in the Toronto Region is finally boiling over again. Distracted by the shiny objects of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s “Smart Track,” and the provincial government’s expanded version of this idea — the full electrification of the diesel commuter network — transit advocates went into a four-year hibernation. No doubt the fatigue of several bold and failed attempts to deal with regional transit’s number one challenge, dedicated taxes, contributed to this deep sleep. In this vacuum of advocacy, funding … Read More

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Inspiring Transit Ridership with Excellent Design

          Long before the first shovels ever break ground, design excellence is being fully baked into new transit facilities ultimately ensuring Metrolinx builds transit ridership and community pride. For transit builders like Metrolinx it’s more than just good design – it’s a real, tangible commitment to design excellence that catalyzes urban growth and ensures public dollars produce thoughtful and cost-effective results. But that’s just the start of what Metrolinx’s Design Excellence program will bring to projects across our region. It brings sensible urban design that supports … Read More

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How Toronto Gets Urban Housing and Zoning Right

By: Nick Norris, planning director for the city of Salt Lake City This is the third blog in a three-part series about insights from a study tour of Toronto by NLC’s 2018 Rose Center Land Use Fellows. It was 6 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. The outside temperature was 16 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s -9 degrees Celsius). “I can do this,” I said as I put on my cold weather running gear. Up until that point, my only experience exploring Toronto was the short walking trip from the train station to … Read More

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In Toronto, Arts and Culture Take Center Stage

By: Ellyn Parker, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use This is the second blog in a three-part series about insights from a study tour of Toronto by NLC’s 2018 Rose Center Land Use Fellows. Last month, NLC’s Rose Center Land Use fellowship team braved the cold temperatures of a polar blast to take in the breathtaking beauty of the city of Toronto, Ontario and learn from our peers and an extraordinary group of hosts that took time to show us around their vibrant city. The integration of infrastructure … Read More

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ULI brings Emerging Trends in Real Estate event to Ottawa for second year

By Hartley Witten, Carleton University Student On January 23rd, the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) hosted a highly informative breakfast presentation at the offices of PwC Ottawa. The presentation and panel discussion event, which was attended by both ULI members and members of the local urban planning and real estate industries, was held to explore the 2018 edition of the annual ULI/PwC “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” report. Jamison Young, President of the Ottawa ULI chapter kicked off the morning, providing a warm welcome to all before handing things … Read More

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