Urban Affairs Archives

  1. The Streetcars of Mattapan and Boston
  2. On Heritage LRTs
  3. Giving NIMBY a Bad Name
  4. No...! No what?
  5. It's the Little Things that Count...
  6. Reflections on Humber Bay
  7. Smile If You're Riding Minnesota's LRT
  8. Zephyr and Starlight
  9. Only 16 TTC Flexity Streetcars from Bombardier To Come This Year.
  10. Don't Not Do It, Just Do It Right
  11. How Do We Solve a Problem Like UPX?
  12. Making the Best of a Bad Decision
  13. An Uber PR Problem For Toronto Taxis
  14. Streetcars and Cheesesteak
  15. This Street is Made for Walking
  16. A Summation of Ontario's Transit Policy
  17. The Night Girl Acknowledgements
  18. Sacramento Dreaming
  19. The Trans-Border Express
  20. What's Wrong With the TTC?
  21. Amazing. I did not think it was possible to make this building uglier.
  22. The Surprisingly Useful White Elephant
    (On the Union-Pearson Express)
  23. Whoop Up
  24. The Conversation We Did Not Have
  25. Chair Seiling Upends the Table (on Waterloo Region, Cambridge and the LRT)
  26. The Pendulum Swings From Side to Side, Never Going Forward
  27. Good Idea, Bad Idea
  28. The Naming Fad
  29. Power
  30. No Surrender. No Retreat.
  31. Clever Vandalism
  32. This McDonalds is Not Abandoned
  33. The TTC Skidaddler
  34. The Story of the Mall that Committed Suicide
  35. What Makes Toronto a Good City, Revisited
  36. The Last Northlander
  37. The Ruins of Budd
  38. Under the Rainbow Bridge
  39. Toronto Transit After Hours
  40. The Man I Was - III
  41. The Fall of the Northlander?
  42. So Big, and Yet So Small
  43. The Man I Was II
  44. Put Your Faith in God, my Boys, And Keep Your Powder Dry
  45. A Question of Marketing
  46. Ford Doesn't Scale
  47. The Coffee Shop Gap
  48. The Profits of Privatization
  49. The Point of Compromise
  50. The Rise and Fall of CN's Turbo
  51. Ford and His Allies Discover Good Taxes
  52. Streetcars and Subways Are the Same Thing
  53. Hyperbole and Axes to Grind on St. Clair Avenue
  54. Who You Calling Incompetent?
  55. Dispatches From Other Blogs
  56. On the Union-Pearson Air Rail Link
  57. Kitchener-Toronto VIA Trains Add Stop at Malton
  58. Traffic Education
  59. An Open Letter of Apology to Councillor Karen Stintz, Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission
  60. Why Transit?
  61. I am not Anti-Subway, I am Pro-Transit
  62. The Hill He Chose to Fight On
  63. It Takes a Big Man...
  64. On Top of Mount Trashmore
  65. A New Identity
  66. Why Waterloo Region Needs an LRT
  67. The Difference Between Political and Partisan
  68. A Dose of Fiscal Reality
  69. Fiscal Inanity and Arrogance
  70. Rossi's Tunnel Vision. Rossi's Gift.
  71. An Open Letter to Rocco Rossi
  72. Run, Tory, Run!
  73. On Waterloo's Roundabouts
  74. Your Morning Smile
  75. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ontario?
  76. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Toronto?
  77. George Smitherman Keeps it Simple, Makes it Stupid
  78. In Praise of Mall Playgrounds
  79. Artificial Lightning in Philadelphia
  80. On the TTC Riders' Strike this Friday
  81. Combating NIMBYism in the K-W LRT Debate
  82. Farewell Mayor Miller
  83. The Importance of 'Wasted' Space
  84. Clock Ticking on Toronto's Streetcar Deal
  85. On Waterloo Region's Car-Dependency
    Part 3: The Bad News
  86. Human Shields on the Gardiner?
  87. How Long Does it Take for Suburbs to Disappear?
  88. On Waterloo Region's Car-Dependency
    Part 2: The Good News
  89. On Waterloo Region's Car-Dependency
  90. A Local Venture
  91. Ah, but could Goodyear Rubber have prevented this accident?
  92. Updates and Thank Yous
  93. Why Me? Why LRT?
  94. Dear Dalton McGuinty: Show us the Money!!
  95. GO comes to Cambridge? Greyhound goes to Hell
  96. Fuel Prices: How We'll Adjust
  97. The Long and Winding Day
  98. Oh, How I Love to go up in a Swing!
  99. Terrorism in Toronto's Subway... in 1985
  100. Toronto: Whose Fault is it?
    Part VI (Conclusion): Bill Davis
  101. On the TTC Strike, ATU Local 113 and Essential Services
  102. Toronto: Whose Fault is it?
    Part V: Bob Rae and David Petersen?
  103. Toronto: Whose Fault is it?
    Part IV: Mike Harris and Ernie Eves?
  104. Toronto: Whose Fault is it?
    Part III: Dalton McGuinty?
  105. Being Partisan Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
  106. Toronto: Whose Fault is it?
    Part II: Mel Lastman?
  107. Toronto: Whose Fault is it?
  108. The Death of the Suburban Dream?
  109. Remembering the Canary
  110. Exhuming Taddle Creek
  111. Making PATHs
  112. My Speech to the Assembled at the Rocket Riders Forum on the Queen Streetcar
  113. "Expert" Advice?
  114. The Case for Howard Hampton
  115. The Names of Things IV
    Ontario Highways Edition
  116. An Open Letter to Royson James
  117. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gardiner
  118. Mediocre Media Against the NDP
  119. I Get Letters...
  120. This City Lives
  121. Politicians to City: Drop Dead
  122. A Long Life, Well Lived. Honest!
    (Ed Mirvish, 1914-2007)
  123. McGuinty Busts it Open
  124. Italo Calvino and Me
  125. Does Anybody Remember Blinky?
  126. Yet Another Toronto-based Political Blog, But...
  127. David and Goliath
  128. Strange Bedfellows Indeed (Harper and McGuinty Seduced... by Transit)
  129. Portrait in Bubble
  130. The Rise of Willis Way
  131. Elected to do Mostly Nothing
  132. The State of Waterloo's Economy
  133. Waterloo Region Ponders Reforms
  134. Jane Pitfield Brakes For Bad Drivers
  135. Driving Airport Road (Mono Road)
  136. To the True End of Yonge Street X:
    The End(s).
  137. Brantford Turns a Corner?
  138. To the True End of Yonge Street IX:
    The Great Divide
  139. To the True End of Yonge Street VIII:
    Drivers' Paradise
  140. To the True End of Yonge Street VII:
    The Downtown that Mel Built
  141. To the True End of Yonge Street VI:
    Suburban Gateway
  142. Accidental Spaces
  143. To the True End of Yonge Street V:
    Midtown
  144. To the True End of Yonge Street IV:
    Heart of Yonge
  145. To the True End of Yonge Street IIIa:
    Why is Temperance Street So-Named?
  146. To the True End of Yonge Street III:
    In the Shadow of Other Streets
  147. To the True End of Yonge Street II:
    At the Beginning
  148. To the True End of Yonge Street
  149. I Was Thinking of James Howard Kunstler...
  150. The Problem of Public Transit III: Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic
  151. Mike Filey's Ninth Toronto Sketches Reviewed
  152. Why Mess With (Near) Perfection?
  153. The Moment I Realized I'd Left Reality and Was Now a Resident of Cloudcookooland VI
  154. The Court Jesters Speak the Truth
  155. The Problem of Public Transit II: Not Spending Where it's Needed, Not Needing Where it's Spent
  156. Walking for Wendy
  157. The Problem of Public Transit I: The Silent Necessity Grows Louder
  158. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006)
  159. The Eleventh Province Revisited
  160. Greyfields Illustrated
  161. Three Restaurants
  162. Erin Reads at the Brantford Armouries
  163. The Don Lands Rise At Last
  164. You Can't Go Home Again...
  165. You Don't Know What You Got Until...
  166. I Hear Tinfoil Works Well...
  167. The National To-Do List
  168. Throwing Caution to the Wind
  169. Quick Hits - February 17
  170. Oh, Dear God.
  171. On the Forsythe
  172. There's Something Happening Here...
  173. Carnage
  174. Quick Hits - January 2
  175. Bound for the Discovery Channel...
  176. Uptown Waterloo Receives Free WiFi
  177. Time to Talk Trash
  178. Patriotism Really is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel
  179. So, what was that about peak oil?
  180. The Conservatives Are On Their Trolley
  181. The Passing of King Fahd
  182. Integrity
  183. The Mystery of the Lost Heads
  184. The Conservative Critique Ia - Urban Affairs Redux
  185. The Conservative Critique I - Urban Affairs
  186. The Stories of the City
  187. April Fools III
  188. Eating in America ("I [don't] feel [so] good!").
  189. Hope For Weston
  190. "OCAP Setting a Poor Example"
  191. Our Last Best Chance to Control Our Future? IV
  192. Road Hog
  193. Our Last Best Chance to Control Our Future? III
  194. Our Last Best Chance to Control Our Future? II
  195. Our Last Best Chance to Control Our Future?
  196. Why Cities Matter
  197. Falling Down
  198. Blame Canada!
  199. Unfortunate Connotations
  200. Eulogy
  201. Distinguishing the Candidates
  202. How to Spend a Billion Dollars Without Really Trying
  203. Can You See Me?
  204. Patience...
  205. Top Blogs!
  206. Monorail Redux
  207. Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!
  208. What Provincial Investment Means to the TTC
  209. Our Next Cities III - What's Coming Next
  210. Free Advice For Our Prime Minister
  211. Our Next Cities II - The Cycles of Planning
  212. Our Next Cities I - The Arrogance of Planners
  213. The Uptown
  214. Big Day Today
  215. Election Day Speculations
  216. Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood.
  217. In the Year 2525
  218. Bad News For Eves: No Clear Winner
  219. The Belle of Eden Mills
  220. The Dance of the Daring Automobiles
  221. The Little Train that Couldn't
  222. Shrink Toronto Council?
  223. Facing the Future
  224. Putting On Your Public Face
  225. The Use of Space
  226. An Open Letter to the Mayor of the City of Kitchener
  227. The Pearson-Union Rail Link
  228. Chicago's Circle Line
  229. Broken Windows, Broken Dreams
  230. My Town - A Sense of Optimism
  231. My Town - A Sense of Similarity, A Sense of Difference
  232. My Town
  233. The Names of Things II -- So, You Want to Rename Your City...
  234. The Names of Things
  235. To Toll or Not to Toll?
  236. My Home Town
  237. Our Municipal Fall Guys
  238. The Federal Government Ignores Our Cities, Again
  239. Protest is Good for You
  240. Drivers Flow Like Water
  241. What Makes Toronto a Good City
  242. Whither the Sheppard Subway
  243. Greyfields: Coming Soon to a Mall Near You
  244. The Spadina Streetcar/LRT
  245. Lament for Detroit
  246. Liberals Lack Lustre
  247. The Village of Weston is Dying
  248. Transit: the Silent Necessity
  249. Reasons for Optimism
  250. Burn Some Here, Save Some There
  251. Not the World Cup.
  252. Toronto Should Be Canada's 11th Province
  253. Toronto's Official Plan
  254. Power to the Cities
  255. My Subway Fantasy
  256. Overheating in Ontario's Cruel Spring
  257. Why Two-Tier Regional Government Works
  258. The Box Store Paradox
  259. Maybe it Shouldn't go into my Backyard?