Shawn Topp

October 26, 2016

Where are Toronto’s politicians on the global stage?

On Sept. 11th, 2016, an interesting two-day conference concluded in The Hague. It was the inaugural gathering of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM), an organization […]
September 20, 2016

Can we afford NOT to build the Rail Deck Park?

Last month, Toronto Mayor John Tory unveiled grand plans for the Rail Deck Park – an ambitious proposal to cover the rail lines between Bathurst Street […]
July 22, 2016

Bless the pedestrian

The industrialized world is becoming increasingly more urbanized. The United Nations estimates that more than 50 per cent of the Earth’s population will live in cities […]
July 4, 2016

The unfortunate shame of Liberty Village

The towering condos loom ominously over the brick factories, converted warehouses, and swarms of young professionals who have descended upon the area known as Liberty Village. […]
May 27, 2016

The world of tomorrow, today

A former professional life brought me to New York City every couple of weeks. Routinely flying into LaGaurdia Airport in Queens, (no, this article is not […]
May 11, 2016

What will Toronto look like in 50 years?

My eyes burn from the bright sunlight reflecting off Toronto’s glass towers as I stroll up Bathurst Street past City Place. The jammed-pack cacophony of condos […]
May 2, 2016

Renewable vanity is the future

As Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX took the stage at the recent Model 3 unveiling, the world watched what many people claimed to […]
April 19, 2016

Why we should merge transit and art

The juxtaposition between rapid transit and art is an interesting one. Take, for instance, Japan Railway’s unique bullet train named “Genbi” (meaning “Contemporary Beauty”), which has […]
March 28, 2016

What can be done about low TTC ridership?

It’s 9 a.m. on a chilly weekday morning, I’ve just finished a doctor’s appointment and I’m standing on the platform at Davisville Station waiting for a […]
March 18, 2016

Let’s get tolling

It’s 2 p.m. on a Tuesday and I am on my way to a meeting in Markham. Worming my way through the city to pick up […]
March 7, 2016

Fill our hearts with art

A new two-mile subway line, the result of a 15-year, $950 million (USD) collaboration among artists, architects, civil engineers and the city government, has just opened […]
February 29, 2016

Relief for our streets, not just our subways

The mish-mash of honking taxi cabs, rumbling streetcars, scurrying pedestrians, lane-changing cars, cyclists, and the occasional didgeridoo player dominate the intersection of Queen and Spadina. I’m […]

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