We’ve got some city meetings coming up so good to refresh the thinking with this article. What’s clear is that Toronto city policy followers are inflexible when it comes to implementing their guides. It’s hard to know where the spaces are for public guidance back to the city. For the most part public consultation means showing discomfort with the policy and the city responding that nothing changes because of policy.
Meanwhile the city’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmat, seems to be using social media to try and change the discourse as to what’s possible but there is a huge gap between what she is promoting as a vision and what the city can/will execute. Why the gap? Plus why the gaps between so many city departments – traffic, waste, planning etc, it’s hard to see a coordinated and support vision that will become a reality.