07 May 2019

Promises, promises

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TORONTO - The Google sister company promised to transform a dilapidated stretch of the Toronto waterfront into the world's most technologically advanced neighborhood.

It was handshakes and smiles all around when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and officials from Sidewalk Labs gathered here 18 months ago to announce the data-driven city of tomorrow. But internal discord and public criticism are threatening the project.

"I don't think they look so happy now," said Paula Fletcher, a Toronto City Council member. "This big idea isn't going exactly the way it was planned."
Meanwhile, south of the border...
Sketched out in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, approved and developed through the economic downturn of 2008, Hudson Yards emerged out of the last innovative period in New York leadership • so distinct from the current era of de Blasios and Ocasio-Cortezes • that understood what cities must do to thrive.