GOOGLE & SIDEWALK LABS HAVE SIGNED ON TO CREATE A NEW KIND OF TORONTO NEIGHBOURHOOD

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TORONTO’s eastern waterfront may soon be in revival mode.  SIDEWALK LABS, a sister company of GOOGLE and a division of ALPHABET INC., has become very interested in developing the city’s aquatic border lands. So much so, that upon final approval SIDEWALK will invest $50-million (US) in a year-long planning process for 12-acres (4.9 hectares) – the so-called Quayside Project.  Plans are to eventually expand that to a greater investment over a much larger area.

Should all this happen, the development would contain 3.3-million square feet of residential, office and commercial space – as well as new headquarters for Google Canada.

This could end up being North America’s largest ‘smart city’ built around information technology, using data about traffic, noise, air quality, and the performance of systems including trash disposal and the electrical grid.

Mayor JOHN TORY – “This is a moment for TORONTO. By having Sidewalk interested in coming here, we’re building up our credentials as the place to be in the world.”

<PHOTOS & IMAGES – Sidewalk Labs>

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ON VICTORIA DAY I BIKED THE EASTERN WATERFRONT TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON. PLENTY!

EASTWATERFRONT1Queen Victoria would no doubt be amazed at how her little Empire outpost (once called YORK, now Greater TORONTO) has blossomed into a city region of over 6-million. She’d no doubt be ‘amused’ by the rapid development of TORONTO’s downtown, its harbour and waterfront.

EASTWATERFRONT5The Central Waterfront and Waterfront West are established destination neighbourhoods. But now it’s the turn of Waterfront East, a wide strip that has been – until fairly recently – an urban wasteland.

EASTWATERFRONT11EASTWATERFRONT8 EASTWATERFRONT10With the creation of Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common a few years ago <PHOTOS ABOVE> and the arrival of Corus Entertainment and the George Brown College Waterfront Campus things are picking up. Developers and name architects have arrived and these days in the East it’s full speed ahead.

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