Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you greening laneways in Melbourne, mapping the soul of the city and how to respond to an affordable housing crisis. Continue reading
As we march towards the Canadian Federal elections, a topic of interest to many urban planners has gained considerable attention: affordable housing. A recent study conducted by a consortium of affordable housing groups in Canada tells us why: 1 in 5 renters in Canada allocates fifty percent or more of their monthly income to shelter costs. There should be no equivocating on the enormity of this conclusion. We are in an affordable housing crisis.
Do the suburbs really matter? If you happen to live there, the answer is an obvious yes. But if you live in a more downtown neighbourhood, replete with parks and pedestrians, coffee houses and kitchen libraries, is there any reason to care what goes on “out there?” There are, of course, many reasons. Let me outline three of them. Continue reading
By Jason Neudorf
Do kids belong in the city? The question has long been a divisive one. In Toronto, a city that prides itself on having livable neighbourhoods and a vibrant downtown, the chorus of naysayers has recently gained support from some prominent and at times surprising voices. This past summer the Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday suggested that the downtown was not well suited for families, and that the issue was of no concern to the City.
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we look to Barcelona, London and Pittsburgh for innovative solutions to public space, infrastructure and affordable housing and using light to transform spaces.