Walk With Joy: An Open Letter

ULI Toronto’s Executive Director writes an open letter to the future Ontario provincial government. I write this letter days ahead of the Ontario provincial election. I don’t know who will receive this letter, other than it is…

Campaigns Matter

If developers want to win the approvals process, they need to treat it the same way politicians treat elections. Like it or not, the public approvals process for real estate development in Canada has tilted sharply in favour of…

Forget White Picket Fences

Canada operates in two quite different affordability realities, yet focusing strategies only on market adjustments in our global cities ignores the need for a difficult cultural adjustment about what affordable home ownership means.…

From Pools to Puddles

How restricted bidding environments harm a city’s ability to achieve the best value for tax dollars. Whether it’s “Steeltown” (Hamilton), “Cowtown” (Calgary), “Haligonia” (Halifax), or the Slurpee Capital of Canada (Winnipeg), Canadian…

Faster, Leaner, Modular

The pieces to the modular construction puzzle are finally fitting together, thanks to digital twin, 3D printing and other advanced tools. In September of 2017, with a homelessness crisis looming in the city of Vancouver and…

Plan for Affordability

Taking a stab at a topic like affordable housing in Canada feels a bit like bringing a piece of string to a knife fight. At least it did for me when mapping out the research material and angles of approach for this issue’s cover story. One…