Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveFebruary 2017

The OMB, while imperfect, helps protect Toronto against NIMBYism

Many neighbourhoods in Toronto suffer from an anti-development, not in my back yard mentality. When I started writing about Toronto, it didn’t take long before I developed a strong position on the Ontario Municipal Board: I hated it. There’s something about an unelected quasi-judicial board overruling neighbourhood planning decisions that’s bound to rub a guy the wrong way. But over the years my...

Three ways to make sure Toronto's King Street overhaul doesn't get screwed up

The King streetcar line is one of the busiest in the city with and commutes are often delayed by congestion from cars and transit overcrowding. If you want to know why Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat’s push to transform King Street into a transit-focused corridor is necessary, you don’t need to understand lofty urbanist theory. You just need to understand the numbers. The streetcar on...

It's time to strengthen Toronto’s sanctuary city pledge

Protesters have taken to the streets in Toronto over the past week to call for tolerance and denounce Donald Trump's travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries. A confession: It’s a challenge to write about city issues these days. Don’t get me wrong. Municipal politics is still my jam. But it’s hard to get fired up about property taxes when people are taking to the streets to... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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