Model 'smart city' to arise in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., has signed a deal with Waterfront Toronto to initiate plans for a $1-billion test “smart city” that will pilot innovative construction techniques and principles, along with the mass application of self-driving systems and climate-friendly architecture. “Sidewalk Toronto is a joint effort … to create a new kind of mixed-use, complete community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, beginning with the creation of Quayside. Sidewalk Toronto will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity,” Sidewalk announced. Sidewalk has agreed to invest $50 million to develop Quayside, a 12-acre district on the waterfront, into Sidewalk Toronto. Should thing proceed smoothly, Sidewalk will then pursue a larger area to develop, including plans for at least 3.3 million square feet of residential, office, and commercial space, and the moving of Google Canada headquarters from Kitchener to Toronto.

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