Canadians recently committed 1.2 billion dollars to the development of the Port Lands. Government is the catalyst for Quayside.
The RFP was not structured well. It should be broken down into some of its component parts for market fairness and to get the best value for residents. Fairness is vital to public sector procurements.
No one in Toronto asked for a smart neighbourhood or a test-bed. If residents want one, they should use a democratic process to set the rules and make sure policies are in place prior to moving ahead.
Toronto’s tech sector is booming, and will continue to do so with or without Sidewalk Labs. Economic development policy and how to manage its impacts on residents is for the city to decide, not Alphabet Inc.
It’s a low stakes decision to stop the process. There can be a review, lessons learned, and a series of new tenders.
Make tall timber and other low-carbon features a requirement on the next go. The ideas aren’t proprietary and Waterfront Toronto can get the jobs and industry off the ground if they want to.
Urban planning is something that happens between Torontonians and the City, focused on the public interest
Development should benefit the people of Toronto and should respond to the needs of Torontonians as expressed by Torontonians
Development should prioritize city needs first, not the needs and interests of a private corporation