The Urban Reports file at Urban Neighbourhood is a collection of papers and narratives on a variety of areas. The Reports go beyond the basic blog style post and take an in-depth look at the topics they cover. If you have a report that you would like to submit to add to the page please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Transport Development Analysis of the Toronto Transit Commission
By Dan Barham
An Analysis of the development of the Toronto Transit Commission with a focus on the Sheppard Line.
The Toronto Transit Commission currently operates the largest public transit system in Canada. For the time being it is the most comprehensive rapid transit system in the country. The Toronto system saw the majority of its growth in the late seventies through the early nineties(Transit Toronto 2008). The Subway is run by the Toronto Transit Commission and is one of Canada’s oldest rapid transit systems. The first train left the platform in 1954 when the Young Line opened along a former streetcar route that ran south down Younge Street from Eglinton Avenue to Front Street before making a turn into a station that was then called Bay Street but later renamed Union due to its proximity to the city’s main railway terminus Union Station.
An Outsiders View Of South Africa
By Cherry Marquez
Cherry Marquez is a senior architect at HASSELL in Australia. After graduating from the University of the Philippines in 1985 and prior to moving permanently to Australia, she worked as an architect in Honolulu, Hawaii for 8 years. A registered architect in Australia since 1997, she has recently become a Green Star accredited professional of the Green Building Council of Australia. In July this year, she travelled to South Africa where she had the opportunity to meet up with local architects, engineers and the Green Building Council of South Africa. Cherry writes a narrative that is both interesting and informative.
“When I found out very early this year that I would be accompanying my husband to the IFORS 2008 Conference in Johannesburg, I was thrilled. It was going to be our first time in the country and in fact, the first time in the region. Being an architect, I knew that I had to make the most of this trip. Here was an opportunity to explore a territory very much unknown to me. So I straight away decided to do some research on South Africa – I read up on its history and culture, but most of all, its architecture and the building industry in general….
The prospect of meeting new colleagues to share experiences, to exchange ideas and to discuss environmental issues and challenges was a great opportunity. The trip was going to broaden my perspective on how a developing country such as South Africa is addressing the issues of climate change on top of its socio-economic and political issues.”
The Urban 1%
By Dan Barham
The Urban 1% makes the case for an Urban Funding solution here in Canada that is both steady and based on economic contribution. The proposal also has the potential to be used in other regions.
The Urban 1% proposal that I would like to put forward to our political leaders (and if any of them decide to hop on this proposal and make it their own they will have my vote in the bag) would be a direct return to the economic value each municipal area makes. It’s a simple formula really; for every purchase, for every goods and services sale, one percent of that value is returned to the community that generated it. There is no squabbling about how much money each area deserves to get. The area gets whatever it earns. Is it not fair and democratic that those areas whose infrastructure and services are strained by generating wealth maintain their ability to do so and share in the benefits?