Written by D and A, two CNN contributors who specialise in exploring urban communities across the globe, on June 26, 2019.
New cities emerge and old ones crumble every day. Developed cities, such as London, Los Angeles and Tokyo, are always evolving. Yet, many newer cities don’t have yet-to-be-constructed urban components.
The American writer Robert A. Caro described the American city of Detroit, a city that collapsed into stagnation following the collapse of the auto industry, in 1970. When Detroit emerged from bankruptcy in 2013, it remained “less than half of its former self,” Caro wrote. “[It] had a different, unmistakable language, a city that did not even use names, that did not refer to its neighborhoods.”
The likes of Detroit, once a thriving, multicultural city, have inspired researchers to create the tool “Resilience API,” which allows researchers and data experts to visualize “the potential for cities that have gone through traumatic changes.”
To give the tool a more urban feel, the IDEO team, an architecture and design firm, has updated it to be more “Toronto-esque.”
R. Siang, Ontario mayor, speaks on his visit to the Trillium Gift Library in downtown Toronto
In his blog post, R. Siang, the premier of Ontario, and his fellow Toronto Mayor John Tory say the tool takes into account a number of factors, including community identity, regeneration efforts and business prosperity.
Despite the extent of gentrification in Toronto, one can find housing stocks within the city, such as the True North, that many feel a romantic attachment to. The True North condos at Horton Street and George Street are a refreshing experiment in city real estate, as well as rent.
True North is one of the best marketed condos in Toronto
The site also offers locals and visitors a chance to explore the city and its residents’ tradition of skating at a community rink.
However, before Toronto can pull itself out of its current challenges, it must continue to scale back its limits on its size. While it is Toronto’s largest city, a study conducted in 2017 by the Research Foundation shows that the city is growing by only just under 1%. By comparison, we’ve also observed the increase of between 2% and 3% in many other cities across the world.
*Data and imagery provided by IDEO
A study from the International Cities Project has found that Toronto has the smallest barrier for access to housing compared to Mexico City and Auckland, New Zealand.
Toronto is growing, but it needs to find ways to improve housing opportunities for locals