City planning is a complex and multi faceted undertaking that requires much collaboration between public and private stakeholders – it is an opportunity for policy makers to shape a space that fosters community, health, and equality. To this end, crafting cityscapes is a task that requires dialogue, careful planning, and dedicated consideration of local priorities.
Toronto’s affordable housing waiting list sky-rocketed to an all-time high of 76,549 households by the end of December of 2010. Despite the growing need, the city’s 2010 municipal operating budget tightens the fiscal screws on local housing and homelessness programs. A first glance at the municipal budget, released this morning, sets out a plan to cut overall spending in the city’s Shelter, […]
The first draft of Toronto’s 2010 operating budget sets out cuts to affordable housing, homelessness, public health and city planning funding. Spending on the affordable housing office, social development and community partnerships has been flat-lined. Meanwhile, the police budget is set to increase by almost double the rate of inflation. Budget 2010 Initial Observations