Urban Affairs Archives

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