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Urban Land Institute announces #CityResolve winner

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto announced its winning Twitter #CityResolve campaign today from over 200 individual civic resolutions submitted last week.  Judged by City of Toronto Chief City Planner and Executive Director, Jennifer Keesmaat, the winner will enjoy a one-on-one coffee with Keesmaat.  

“I am impressed by the quality of the civic resolutions that this campaign surfaced. 2015 looks to be a great year for urbanists and city builders. The people of Toronto are taking action to make their city more liveable,” said Keesmaat.

The winning #CityResolve resolution was submitted by Sarah Marchionda (@SarahMarchionda), who tweeted: “My #CityResolve is to meet one Torontonian each day, 365 new people, ask them what they love about our city – and then document it.”

The ‘local’ theme attracted a range of great resolutions from supporting local bee keepers, exploring Toronto waterways, neighbourhoods and parks, to riding on every streetcar line. One tweet committed to spending at least $10 a week on locally sourced food. Some commit to growing their own food. Another will drink more at local brew pubs (but hopefully less overall!).

The winning tweet represented a theme of commitments to get more socially connected to the local community by supporting our Business Improvement Districts (BIAs), charities, community organizations, and individual citizens. 

“I can’t think of a better way to champion the cause of promoting healthier communities than having ‘individuals’ find their way to make ‘our’ cities collectively better in 2015. The people have spoken and I am truly inspired – Well done Toronto Region!” said Rob Spanier, Chair of ULI Toronto.

ULI Toronto launched the #CityResolve campaign to trigger a broader conversation about how individuals through their personal actions can make our urban region more liveable, prosperous, and friendly. The Urban Land Institute is an international movement committed to building healthy communities and championing the responsible use of land. 

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