Equal Voice

The disparity in the populations of Toronto’s wards is large and increasing. This undermines equality of electoral representation, residents' access to councilors, and the quality of constituency services. We have the opportunity to fix it before the 2014 election.

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Produced in house
2012

the equal voice project

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

A critical examination of influential city-ranking studies revealed them to be methodologically flawed.

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ICE Committee
78pp · 2011

lies, damned lies, and statistics

Growing Cities

Comparison of long-term planning policies with measurements of urban development patterns in the Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto metropolitan areas showed that each city pursued a different approach to planning urban growth, and that these different approaches have shaped and channelled that growth in distinctive ways. With Marcy Burchfield, Byron Moldofsky, and Jo Ashley.

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The Neptis Foundation
128pp · 2010 

growing cities

2010 Toronto Election Atlas

This evolving project uses GIS techniques to analyze the geography of the mayoral vote and turnout.

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Produced in-house

Toronto Election Atlas

Shaping the Toronto Region

An examination of 16 districts in the Greater Toronto Area assessed how density is related to era of development, standards for parks and schools, housing type mix, street configuration, employment, and travel behaviour.  We also analyzed 24 hypothetical scenarios to estimate the effects on density of planning policy changes. The findings have implications for urban growth policy. With John van Nostrand.

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The Neptis Foundation
192pp · 2008

 

shaping the Toronto region

Simcoe County: The New Growth Frontier

An investigation of plans for several very large-scale developments in the county to the north of the Greater Toronto Area found that developers, rather than municipal authorities, were driving the county’s growth pattern and infrastructure investments. The report anticipated subsequent provincial actions to protect the Lake Simcoe watershed and ensure orderly development. With Leah Birnbaum and Lorenzo Nicolet.

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The Neptis Foundation
97pp · 2004

simcoe county