Tag Archives: smart cities

The Toronto Star, Quayside, and Still Not Getting the Core Concept (MIDP Addendum #4)

One of the best gags in Archer comes from an early first-season episode, in which the team is assigned to prevent someone from blowing up the inaugural flight of a helium-powered rigid airship. Throughout the episode, our titular hero proves … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 50: Coda

And just like that, it ends, with Sidewalk Labs, the company that bragged how Google’s deep pockets allowed it to play the long game, that six months ago said it was in it for the long term, turning its back … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 49: A letter from Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff

At The Conversation, Dr. Natasha Tusikov and I share a few thoughts on the policy lessons learned from the Quayside debacle. Reposted below: Sidewalk Labs’ smart-city plans for Toronto are dead. What’s next? On May 7, the Google company Sidewalk Labs … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 47: My Submission to the Round 2 Consultation

Back in more innocent times, August 30, 2019, to be precise, I praised the work of the analysts at Waterfront Toronto for their honest attempt to summarize the Master Innovation and Development Plan, a document whose design (as I’ve noted … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 48: The Digital Strategy Advisory Panel Supplementary Report on the Sidewalk Labs Digital Innovation Appendix

Just a few notes on the DSAP’s latest, on Sidewalk Labs’ Digital Innovation Appendix. There’s lots of good individual critiques, but I’ll focus on the big picture stuff. Calling it “a significant improvement over the MIDP” is the very definition … Continue reading

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