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How do great cities actually work?

By Tarryn Landman

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) tackles this question in the seventh edition of its Cities of Opportunity report, exploring the ways successful cities weave together complex systems (technology, healthcare, transportation etc.) to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate challenges.

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Posted on 3, Feb | Posted by

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Does city living make people happier?

While not all people enjoy city living, living in urban environments helps to reduce per capita land consumption and transportation costs while also increasing economic opportunities, leading to indirect benefits for residents. As more people live in urban environments, it becomes increasingly important to understand how the built environment impacts mental health and happiness.

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Posted on 20, Jan | Posted by

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Innovative solutions to retool cities

By Giulia Ilacqua

The Manhattan Institute has released its latest study on the challenges facing American cities. The first, The Next Urban Renaissance, was released in 2015. Its new report, Retooling Metropolis, focuses on how social media, markets, and regulatory innovations can make cities more liveable. The four essays cover bi-directional data flows and collaboration between private firms and cities, the right price of street parking, the use of micro units, and improving the way cities contract services. Each of these offers interesting examples of ways cities are overcoming their challenges.

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Posted on 6, Aug | Posted by

Planning with Intention? It’s time for new dialogue…

Planning with Intention? It’s time for new dialogue…

Anyone that lives in a large urban area no doubt appreciates the challenges that comes with city living – traffic congestion, lengthy commutes and the sad state of transit infrastructure that would actually allow you to experience all that city living has to offer. Living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTAH), I see firsthand the impact of steady growth and expansion of the region both in terms of population and employment. There’s a reason we say we have two seasons – winter and construction!!

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Posted on 22, Jul | Posted by

TINAN Number 38 (July 2012)

In TINAN Number 38:

  • Playing with scenario planning in economic development
  • Showcasing inspiring infrastructure projects
  • Building the next Silicon ______
  • Creative rural economies: “The art of the rural”
  • Be pro-active to retain your best talent
  • Client Corner: York Region Supports Innovation in Manufacturing
  • Resource Review: The New Geography of Jobs

Posted on 22, Apr | Posted by

TINAN Number 36 (May 2012)

In TINAN Number 36:

  • New social media tools for real-world neighbourhoods
  • American cities in the global economy
  • A best practices toolkit for economic developers
  • Tackling challenges to Canadian competitiveness
  • Client Corner: MDB Insight helps secure $10 million for Ontario steel plant
  • Resource Review: Think fast…or slow

Posted on 9, Oct | Posted by

Evolution of great world cities: Urban wealth and economic growth by Christopher Kennedy

The Evolution of Great World Cities

In the Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth,Christopher Kennedy explains why certain cities are wealthy and how they have come to be wealthy over time. He explores economic theory through the lens of urban history, referencing a variety of case studies to illustrate how urban growth and development occur.

Kennedy defines “wealth” as the value of tangible assets owned by citizens.  Wealthy cities are therefore those in which citizens have highly valued holdings of financial capital, real estate, and other assets. A central argument of the book is that physical infrastructure contributes significantly to the wealth and economic growth of cities (take a look at this 2009 report titled Infrastructure and the Economy: Future directions for Ontario for an example, or at a blog post written by Kennedy about his book). Infrastructure – primarily transportation systems and other physical assets, such as buildings and water pipes – determines land use in cities and influences the consumption and investment of citizens. In fact, Kennedy argues that the connection between economies of cities and their infrastructure systems is so “natural” and “symbiotic” that it is difficult to discern. The wealth of cities is directly impacted by fundamental changes to infrastructure and Kennedy develops an ecosystem analogy to interpret these transformations in cities over time.

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Posted on 16, Aug | Posted by

TINAN Number 16 (August 2010)

In TINAN Number 16:

  • The 7 habits of highly effective regional leadership
  • Closing Canada’s innovation gap
  • Mapping Canada’s employment development
  • Burgernomics: Making economics more digestible
  • Why Here|Why Now: an innovative new way of summarizing public opinion
  • Company Corner: Dickinson named Co-Director of University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program
  • Resource Review:  Daring to Be Different

Posted on 16, Aug | Posted by

TINAN Number 4 (August 2009)

In TINAN Number 4:

  • Feds Announce Funding Program for Ontario Non-Profits – Apply by August 18!
  • $10,000 Grants Available to Social Enterprises in the GTA
  • New Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development Receives Positive Reviews
  • How to tell arse from elbow when it comes to news about the economy
  • U of Waterloo to hold Vancouver Seminar on Labour Force & Skills Issues in Economic Development
  • Employment Development Index July 2009
  • Client Corner: The City of Calgary
  • Resource Review: Getting started on Green Jobs

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