#BlockSidewalk is a campaign launched to develop Toronto’s waterfront for the benefit of Torontonians, not corporate shareholders. A group of Toronto residents launched this campaign in February 2019 in response to a proposal by Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs to lead the re-development of a portion of Toronto's waterfront "from the internet up." We are calling on Waterfront Toronto to say NO to a business deal with Sidewalk/Google, and re-set the planning for Toronto's eastern waterfront, this time with planning, procurement and consultation remaining firmly in public hands.
Add your name below to support the campaign, including our letter to the Board of Waterfront Toronto:
Dear Waterfront Toronto Board:
Councillor Joe Cressy
Thank you for all of your hard work to date to support the best in urban innovation, integrated economic development, and environmental stewardship. On the heels of Waterfront Toronto's long and successful history of global leadership in these areas, the Quayside project started back in October 2017. Much has been learned in the last year and a half, some of which can be applied to future urban development projects. But after eighteen months, we, the supporters of the#BlockSidewalkcampaign, are writing with a request:
Receive the Master Innovation and Development Plan and say NO to doing business with Sidewalk Labs, immediately.
Sidewalk Labs' thousand-page Master Innovation and Development Plan will be full of interesting ideas.#BlockSidewalkis not suggesting that you don't move forward with good ideas, of course, particularly in the areas of affordable housing, new building materials, new street design, and more. But we are suggesting that you move forward with those ideas with other investors and vendors - both international and local - best in class. Infrastructure financing included. And this time, we ask that procurement, planning and consultation stay firmly in public hands. [Read the full letter here]