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  • What the Spadina subway overrun means for Scarborough, pt. 1 - Spacing Toronto
    tabled in the Legislature last week Among the measures the government is proposing to remove the 10 cap on transit capital from the rules governing eligible outlays for development charge revenues The change theoretically creates new capacity for municipalities to use these growth levies to finance the cost of expansion as well as more traditional growth related infrastructure The rub is that municipal councils need to revisit their own development charge bylaws and hike the fees in the face of the inevitable caterwauling from the building industry Lest anyone delude themselves into thinking the Liberals were making these changes to help out Toronto should remember that Mississauga Ottawa and Hamilton are all trying to figure out how to finance their own rapid transit plans According to a report in The Globe and Mail earlier this year Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie strongly intimated that the long planned 1 6 billion Highway 10 LRT was dead in the water if the province didn t pony up the dollars So what about the centre of the universe It s worth noting that Queen s Park gave the City of Toronto special dispensation to ignore the old DC rules about transit funding when the Spadina subway extension was approved According to the City current DCs which council raised in 2013 range from about 5 200 to over 19 000 per unit About 8 of the revenues are earmarked for the Spadina extension and another 26 go to general transit expenditures According to the fiscal 2015 capital budget development charges DC will bring in 1 325 billion to the City between 2015 and 2024 which means the Spadina project peels off about 106 million of that total So what about the impact of the legislation introduced last week By no coincidence the City last week embarked on a study public consultation process to look at hiking DCs to help underwrite the Scarborough subway According to a presentation by Hemson Consulting unveiled last week at a pair of public sessions the City could increase DCs by about 11 to 13 the rates for residential DCs are different than those applied to commercial projects and bring in an additional 280 million between 2015 and 2022 Hemson assumes the number of new units grows 7 5 year The total is clearly not chump change And as the Hemson presentation notes Toronto s DCs remain well below those imposed by 905 municipalities a factoid that is routinely trotted out to keep the developers from going ballistic Yet as the latest revelations about Spadina depressingly illustrate the City and the province can team up to create all sorts of new fiscal capacity only to see it vanish down a wormhole The reported 400 million overrun is equivalent to 15 of the published project budget it s hardly unusual for large construction venture to use those kinds of contingencies If the Scarborough subway is similarly encumbered its budget would grow by 525 million almost twice the revenue generated by the new

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  • The Scarborough Subway and Smart Track are about to collide - Spacing Toronto
    inflation due to mission creep or unexpected complexities e g St Clair right of way Queen s Quay Union Station But the foregoing mega projects pale in comparison to the Scarborough subway raising the spectre of mind boggling budget overruns Consider the yelling about the Union Station revitalization which has seen its cost jump by 80 million to 795 million But a 10 increase or overrun on the Scarborough subway budget a figure that is significantly less than the contingency on the Queen s Quay revamp could top 350 million or more enough to pay for half the Queen s Quay East LRT And that number may only be part of an equation that includes additional outlays for Smart Track due to higher borrowing costs lower than expected federal transfers etc Point is the financial uncertainties associated with one will affect the viability of the other About a year or so from now council will be asked to cast votes on reports that include numbers with dollar signs and they ll likely be requested to make choices about how to mitigate those very large costs Among those choices will be service scenarios generated by the city s expert transit advisors that reveal the redundancy writ large on these two parallel sets of rapid transit schemes So ask yourself this question if Tory and the rest of council have to choose between these two megaprojects in order to mitigate the city s long term financial risk which one will they throw overboard From where I sit it seems almost inevitable that we re barreling down the tracks towards a political either or moment Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts What the Spadina subway overrun means for Scarborough pt 1 What the Spadina subway overrun means for Scarborough pt 2 LORINC How to invest with Crosstown s found money LORINC Spend Brampton LRT money on Queen s Quay East Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 7 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Bob Brent 9 months ago In the last Mayoral election I did not back any candidate but was willing to work with Olivia Chow John Tory or David Soknacki if they were elected Mayor but not Doug Ford Similarly I have never declared in favour of either a Scarborough LRT or Subway nor commented on or criticized SmartTrack s technical financial feasibility John Tory however was elected Mayor of Toronto on the promise to build SmartTrack in 7 years at a cost of 8B by securing matching 1 3 contributions from both Queen s Park the Feds It is a daunting task particularly the federal contribution which I believe would be larger than any previous total annual contribution to public transit in Canada I m not optimistic of his chances of success but God Bless the Mayor if he manages to pull it off As John Lorinc writes the real money discussions will begin in a year and I hope it won t again be a simplistic totally irrelevant Stops Capex cost km comparison driven by partisan election re election considerations I ve frequently commented that this is silly If the Scarborough decision was based solely on Stops Capex cost km as was argued in last year s debates the TTC would be running an all bus network Clearly there are other considerations such as whether the trip is local or long distance the total trip travel time the cost projected demand etc The planning has to consider the network role implications of the expansion It makes no sense to waste scare tax dollars on duplicate redundant RT routes See this astute Toronto Star Opinion piece Toronto should stress transit networks not just subway lines by Murtaza Haider David Crowley from Jul 23 14 http www thestar com opinion commentary 2013 07 23 toronto needs to stress transit networks not just subway lines html This was Metrolinx s inaugural Mission GTA Public Transit fare service integration which has all but disappeared as its mandate Without Metrolinx stepping up to provide real leadership in setting GTA Public Transit fare service standards which includes stepping on the TTC s toes autonomy particularly routes travelling the 416 905 transit barrier 100 double fare penalty It s not just the Toronto TTC Network that must be considered with SmartTrack but how to integrate the entire GTA local public transit network with rationalized service that eliminates service redundancies allows universal passenger pick ups and let s passengers travel where the want to go regardless of municipal boundaries or transit systems on one 2 hour time based fare Royson James s Jan 17 15 Saturday Star column Transportation 2015 Follow the Facts to Transit Heaven stated MTO s 2011 TTS study indicated 85 of GTHA trips end somewhere in the City of Toronto http www thestar com news gta transportation 2015 01 16 road to transit heaven will be paved with facts james html This means that Metrolinx MUST step up next month marks 8th anniversary from their first Board meeting March 2007 and finally set GTA local public transit fare service standards not just push out Strategic Communications on how wonderful the world will be thanks to GO soon UPExpress that along with other RT will reduce GTA congestion gridlock David 9 months ago Royson James article in the Star 6 Feb 15 Our neglect of Scarborough RT is shameful http www thestar com news city hall 2015 02 06 our neglect of scarborough rt is shameful james html Proposes that the existing SRT is viable with some investment considerably less than that for an LRT and incredibly less than that for a subway Quoting a person who worked for Lavalin he said that the TTC management were less than enthused with the technology imposed by the province and let the system fall into disrepair This is the same information

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  • Stadia mania: Toronto's six-decade quest for a civic stadium - Spacing Toronto
    League added the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators now Texas Rangers Another set back Over the next decade stadiums were dreamt up in Rosedale and Downsview where a 100 million complex on the site of the former air force base was pitched by developer Al Chapman but all went nowhere A copy of the Houston Astrodome the world s first domed stadium and Eighth Wonder of the World was considered as part of a planned redevelopment of the downtown railway lands but as Mike Filey writes in his book Like No Other in the World the first public meeting ended in a shouting match Not a nickel of taxpayers money for sports people shouted Undeterred by the IOC s decision to grant Mexico City the 1968 games Toronto this time prepared to make a push for the 1976 event Central to the pitch was a pair of domed facilities on the waterfront near the CNE but it was Montreal that ended up with the games and the grand stadium the infamous and long troubled Big O or maybe the Big Owe 1976 Olympic stadium proposal 1968 Toronto Public Library In 1969 at Downsview North York Mayor Jim Service lobbyied for a circular municipal stadium on the federally owned former airport lands Following a visit to Houston s famed ballpark in 1969 Service believed that a Downsview facility might lure a NFL franchise north of the border Even the Maple Leafs expressed an interest in quitting the Gardens for the planned dome hotel and convention centre But again the plans stalled It would take the rain soaked 1982 Grey Cup game at the Exhibition Stadium to truly get the Metrodome project rolling As an ice cold deluge soaked all but a lucky few of the 32 000 spectators including Metro Toronto Chair Paul Godfrey and Ontario Premier William Davis the concession stands ran out of hot drinks washrooms overflowed and fights erupted in the stands It was clear Toronto needed a covered stadium and fast A special provincial committee was formed to sniff out viable sites Early proposals included the Trillium Dome a covered arena at the centre of a 3 000 acre development at Highway 401 and Hurontario St in Mississauga and a third Downsview stadium this one with a retractable roof Proposed 1969 Downsview stadium CP Wire Service The idea of a stadium that could be both indoor and outdoor depending on the weather appeared to stick even if the Downsview location did not When the Canadian National Railway announced plans for an arena on surplus downtown land adjacent to the CN Tower in 1984 the company s mock ups showed a field covering that could be stowed in good weather The province liked CN s proposed stadium and its folding roof and hammered out a financing deal with CN Toronto and a slew of private companies including Coca Cola McDonalds and CIBC who got exclusive access to SkyBoxes and concession rights Interestingly Mike Filey recalls media consultant

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  • Joe Carter's World Series-winning dream - Spacing Toronto
    seen as a more telling stat than it is today He always seemed to be involved in the team s biggest moments It was Carter s game winning single that clinched first place in the division that year And it was Carter who recorded the final out in the World Series catching the ball at first base and then jumping up and down for joy as the team celebrated their very first championship But Carter wasn t sure where he wanted to play in 1993 He loved Toronto but he lived in Kansas City Going home to play for the Kansas City Royals was a very tempting proposition He was torn he knew he wanted to play for one of those two teams but he wasn t sure which one to pick That winter Carter met with the owner of the Royals Ewing Kauffman Kauffman was an old man now and his health was failing He only had a few months left to live He wanted his baseball team to win and to do it before he died So he offered the slugger more money than the Blue Jays were willing to pay plus an extra year and all the other contractual clauses that Carter was asking for Years later the Kansas City Star asked Carter how close he came to singing with the Royals The slugger held his finger and his thumb about an inch apart Closer than this he told them But that night after his meeting with Kauffman Joe Carter had a dream He told Sportsnet about it as part of an oral history of the 1993 Blue Jays season I was walking to the ballpark with Devon White he remembered It was kind of dark and we came up on the stadium When I looked up the lights lit up and it said Welcome to the SkyDome As Carter woke the following morning the dream lingered in his mind And then he looked outside his backyard was full of birds They were all blue jays It was he thought a clear sign from God That was all he needed The next day I signed with the Blue Jays That s how I came back And so in 1993 Joe Carter returned to his familiar role at the heart of the Jays order helping them get all the way back the World Series In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Six he found himself right in the middle of history with a chance to live another kind of dream the kind of dream kids have been dreaming in sandlots and parks and backyards for more than a hundred years To do something no baseball player had ever done before to hit a game winning come from behind home run to win a World Series That s exactly what he did A version of this post originally appeared on the The Toronto Dreams Project Historical Ephemera Blog You can find more sources links and related stories

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  • Urbanist's Guide to Toronto Events: Oct. 11-17 - Spacing Toronto
    Website WEDNESDAY Draw the Lines Public Meeting Series Where Agincourt Baptist Church 37 Glen Watford Dr When 7 00 9 00pm What Public consultation on the size and shape of Toronto s wards Cost Free Link Event website Ten Women Who Changed Toronto Where North York Central Library Map When 7 00 8 00pm What Talk by Pat Staton Cost Free Pre Register Contact 416 395 5660 Living Architecture Tour Where 150 St George St Map When 6 00 8 00pm What A tour of Toronto s hidden living architecture green roofs green walls indoor gardens etc with Jonathon Silver Register Website THURSDAY Draw the Lines Public Meeting Series Where St Dunstan of Canterbury 56 Lawson Rd When 7 00 9 00pm What Public consultation on the size and shape of Toronto s wards Cost Free Link Event website Hurricane Hazel Walk Where Old Mill Subway Station Map When 10 00am noon What Guided walk of part of the natural disaster s destructive path Cost Free Saturday Draw the Lines Public Meeting Series Where Wilmar Heights Event Centre 963 Pharmacy Ave When 10 00am noon What Public consultation on the size and shape of Toronto s wards Cost Free Link Event website Save The Date Upcoming Events YIMBY Festival When October 31 What A festival to discuss grassroots community development Link Event website Do you have an event you want us to share Email events spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Sept 13 19 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 18 24 Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 4 10 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 25 Oct 31 Tweet More posts by Nathaniel Basen Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with

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  • Urbanist's Guide to Toronto Events: Sept. 21-27 - Spacing Toronto
    Mero in discussing how district based ground source geo thermal heating and cooling can also generate funding for local transit Cost Free WEDNESDAY Risking Toronto and the Environment Where Metro Hall Rm 310 55 John St When 7 00pm 9 00pm What A panel discussion on the Darlington Reactor and the risks it posed to Toronto and Ontario s energy industry Cost Free T oronto Baltimore and Beyond Confronting Police Violence in Communties Where Koffler House UofT 569 Spadina Crescent When 7 00pm 9 00pm What Panel Discussion with Alicia Garza Yusra Ali and Kimalee Phillip Cost Free Link Event website Benefits of the Urban Forest Where Swansea Town Hall 95 Lavinia When 7 30pm What Lecture by Robyn Stewart from L E A F Cost Free FRIDAY Farm City Where B athurst St and Niagara St When 3 00pm 8 00am Every Friday and Monday until October What Outdoor urban market with fresh produce local vendors and more Cost Free entry SUNDAY Word on the Street Festival When September 27 What Toronto s book and magazine festival Link Event Website Save The Date Upcoming Events Complete Streets Forum When October 1 What A day of lecture and discussion on the role of streets in urban life Link Event website YIMBY Festival When October 31 What A festival to discuss grassroots community development Link Event website Do you have an event you want us to share Email events spacing ca photo by Mary Crandall Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 11 17 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 18 24 Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 4 10 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 25 Oct 31 Tweet More posts by Nathaniel Basen Neither

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  • Spacing's Guide to Toronto Events: Oct. 18-24 - Spacing Toronto
    1980 Cost Free Contact 416 394 5247 THURSDAY Draw the Lines Public Meeting Series Where Fairfield Seniors Centre Map When 7 00 9 00pm What Public consultation on the size and shape of Toronto s wards Cost Free Link Event website Toronto Society of Architects Presentation Urban Renewal Where John Daniels Faculty of Architecture 230 College St When 6 30 8 30pm What A presentation from Jonathon Silver on multi sensory architecture focusing on urban renewal Cost 20 00 Register Here Renting in Toronto Are You Getting What You re Paying For Where Innis Town Hall Map When 6 30pm What Panel discussion on the future of Toronto s private sector rental housing TTC tokens refreshments and childminding provided Cost Free pre register Link Registration Uber Urbanism Where Isabel Bader Theatre Map When 7 00 8 30pm What Lecture and discussion to critically examine the role of the concept of the city has in how we study urbanism Neil Brenner and Jesse LaCavalier speaking Cost Free pre register Link Here FRIDAY Reflections 17th National Mural Symposium Where Harbourfront Centre Map When Friday Sunday What Symposium on murals and the importance of community art Featured Speaker Susan Cervantes Cost Registration Dependent Link Registration SATURDAY Promise in the Park Winchester Public Park Project Where Winchester Square Park Map St James Town Community Corner Map When 1 00pm 2 00pm What Unveilings Corner Store Pebble Mosaic Winchester Square Park 1 00pm Flight Path Mosaic St James Town Community Corner 2 00pm Cost Free Link Event website Save The Date Upcoming Events YIMBY Festival When October 31 What A festival to discuss grassroots community development Link Event website Do you have an event you want us to share Email events spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts

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  • Urbanist's Guide to Toronto Events: Oct. 4-10 - Spacing Toronto
    Event WEDNESDAY Draw the Lines Public Meeting Series Where Metro Hall 55 John St When 7 00 9 00pm What Public consultation on the size and shape of Toronto s wards Cost Free Link Event website Walrus Talks Transportation Where Art Gallery of Ontario Map When 6 30 8 00pm What Join the Walrus magazine along with a range of speakers including Spacing senior editor John Lorinc in discussing the relationships fostered with transportation and mobility in our cities Cost G A 20 Students 12 00 Link Event Website THURSDAY Draw the Lines Public Meeting Series Where Riverdale Hub 1326 Gerrard St E When 7 00 9 00pm What Public consultation on the size and shape of Toronto s wards Cost Free Link Event website City Age Build the Future Where MaRS Discovery District Map When Oct 8 9 What A summit discussing the future of Canada s economic powerhouse Greater Toronto Hamilton and the Waterloo region speakers include Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto mayor John Tory Cost Registration dependent Link Event Website FRIDAY City Age Build the Future Where MaRS Discovery District Map When Oct 8 9 What A summit discussing the future of Canada s economic powerhouse Greater Toronto Hamilton and the Waterloo region speakers include Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto mayor John Tory Cost Registration dependent Link Event Website Save The Date Upcoming Events Living Architecture Tour When October 14 What A tour of Toronto s hidden living architecture green roofs green walls indoor gardens etc Register Website YIMBY Festival When October 31 What A festival to discuss grassroots community development Link Event website Do you have an event you want us to share Email events spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Urbanist s Guide to Toronto

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