What a week it was! Enjoy this recap of great moments from our record-breaking ULI Spring Meeting conference last month (May 16-18)! Starting with the numbers. More than 4800 registrants smashed the all-time attendance record by more than 400. Sponsorship ($2 million) and registrations for the 30 tours also set new heights for a Spring Meeting.But what really impressed our over 4000 American visitors was the city itself. So many stories got to be told about an urban development market that has no parallel in North America.
Ours is a unique development story of urban intensification with more active cranes in Toronto than the entire United States – and that’s just the core city. We have more cranes in our “suburban” 905 than the two most active markets of Seattle and Los Angeles. We told the story of social diversity and immigration in Toronto which is reflected in our unique (if imperfect) efforts to meet the real estate demands of historic immigration. We told the story of mixed income and mixed-use communities that make Toronto vibrant. We told the stories of reimagining struggling communities, industrial lands, retail malls and social housing projects. We told our story of climate and resiliency, and we told our stories of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as Truth and Reconciliation.
In all our stories we embraced the challenges and failures that accompany our successes. Indeed, we absorbed some critical feedback on such topics as affordable housing, lack of downtown parkland and building energy performance – not to mention traffic! Through it all we had a lot of fun with more great parties and receptions than anyone could have attended. We made Toronto buzz! None of this could have been possible but for the leadership of our Spring Meeting co-chairs, our Spring Meeting Committee, our army of volunteers and, of course, our amazing sponsors. Together we pulled off a magical moment for our city that few will soon forget. And for this we simply say: THANK YOU!