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It's Time For Toronto To Become A Car-Free City

As Toronto continues its rapid growth, the limitations of travel by car are becoming ever more apparent. Average commute times have increased to 33 minutes as the city's main arteries struggle to keep up with the more than 1.1 million (2011) vehicles on city roads each day. While the rhetoric around change has been positive, action has been achingly slow.

Why Has Downtown Toronto Become So SWAG?

Downtown Toronto NIMBYs have taken NIMBYism to a whole new level of intolerance verging on discrimination. Which I have dubbed SWAGism. SWAGs wish to separate their established and affluent communities from the poorer inner suburbs of Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York and East York, that adjoin downtown Toronto.

Jane's Walks... Dark Age Delayed?

Dark Age Delayed ? This was a puzzling realization which haunted me after I completed leading the final of several Jane's Walks last year: Dark Age Ahead -- The Wizard of Ossington Jane's Walk. It was...

Walking with Jane Jacobs

The first weekend in May has quickly become known as Jane's Walk weekend in cities the world over -- named for Jane Jacobs, the late author, activist and urban theorist who died in Toronto in 2006.