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Is King Street the New San Francisco?

Is King Street the New San Francisco?

In the late 90’s San Francisco was the epicenter of an organic form of thought expressed in food, architecture and design, clothing, music and politics.  But, not anymore, the city that bred independent thought and a self-determination has been slowly eclipsed by Austin—yes, a city in Texas. 

Is King Street the New San Francisco?
Pass On By

Pass On By

Ridership is up on the 504 and the time savings are creeping up by the seconds.  Pedestrians are nowhere to be found and the restaurants are begging for foot traffic and it’s not because the peds don’t exist, it’s because the pedestrians did not start out as peds--they started out in cars, taxis and Ubers.

Pass On By
Trees Don't Follow Rules

Trees Don't Follow Rules

Trees need soil for a long and healthy life, and we all want a beautiful and healthy urban forest.  But does the law know exactly how much soil makes a tree happy? 

Trees Don't Follow Rules
Bikes Yikes

Bikes Yikes

Is Toronto’s bylaw forbidding bikes to be kept in a dwelling unit and requiring long term bike parking in all new residential developments adding to the City’s affordable housing crisis?

Bikes Yikes
Designing Social Justice - King Street West

Designing Social Justice - King Street West

Cities throughout North America send their planners to study Toronto's vibrant streets, yet the planners in Toronto have chosen to plan away said vibrancy and re-design it for everyone instead.  By designing for everyone has city hall eliminated that which provides the greatest return?

Designing Social Justice - King Street West