ULI Toronto presents Electric Cities, a podcast about land development and planning across the Toronto region. Hosted by Jeremy Warson, the podcast features conversations with the industry's most prominent leaders. With Seasons 1-4 now complete and Season 5 underway, there are plenty of interesting topics to choose from, such as trends in the condo, retail and office markets; stories of Toronto's success as a rapidly emerging global city and discussions on housing affordability, municipal governance and transit oriented development, to name just a few.
S6 Episode 4: ULI 2021 Hines Student Competition: An Interview with the Winning Team from 3 Toronto Universities
Each year, the prestigious ULI Hines Student Competition attracts graduate student teams from all over North America to tackle complex urban design and development challenges.
This year’s competition was won by a team of 5 graduate students from 3 Toronto universities, the first time the annual competition has been won by a team outside the United States.
Jeremy sat down with the 5 graduate students and their 2 academic supervisors to learn more about this demanding competition, their fabulous submission, and what it took to capture the grand prize of $50,000 USD.
His 5 student guests were Frances Grout-Brown (Ryerson), Leorah Klein (Ryerson), Ruotian Tan (University of Toronto), Chenyi Xu (University of Toronto), and Yanlin Zhou (York University).
Professors Steven Webber and Victor Perez-Amado, both from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, also joined the discussion.
S6 Episode 3: Homelessness in Toronto - A Growing Crisis
With close to 10,000 homeless in Toronto on any given night, this city continues to face a homelessness crisis that has only become worse during these pandemic times. And it's a crisis with no easy solution. On March 26th, 2021, Jeremy interviewed Cathy Crowe, one of Canada's first street nurses and a long-time activist advocating on behalf of the city's homeless.
S6 Episode 2: Arts and Culture in Toronto and the Impacts of COVID-19
With the necessity to avoid crowds and indoor gatherings of any kind due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arts and culture in Toronto has been hit particularly hard. Yet despite the challenges, this sector has found ways to quickly adapt and deliver programs that are innovative and inspiring, and in some cases even broadened its appeal to larger audiences. On January 7, 2021, Jeremy chatted with Celia Smith, the newly appointed CEO for Luminato Festival Toronto, to talk about the impacts of the pandemic on Toronto’s arts and culture scene and her optimistic outlook for the industry’s future.
S6 Episode 1: Main Street Retail in the Face of COVID-19 Lockdowns
The Province’s lockdown to non-essential retail services in Toronto and Peel Region has hit main street retailers particularly hard. Some have found creative ways to survive, while others have had to close for good.
Neighbourhood BIAs have responded with campaigns urging shoppers to buy local, highlighting the important value of local retail to the success of our neighbourhoods and overall city region.
On December 11th, 2020, Jeremy spoke with Mary Rowe, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, to talk about these issues and the recommendations from their recent report on bringing back main streets.
S5 Episode 6: Public Transit and the Challenges for TTC During COVID-19
During these pandemic times the TTC is dealing with a dramatic drop in ridership, particularly along its once busy subway routes. This has imposed enormous fiscal strain and forced the TTC to quickly re-adjust to our new reality. On October 30th, 2020, Jeremy spoke with Stuart Green, the TTC’s chief spokesperson, to learn more about the pandemic’s impact on the TTC and what they are doing to respond.
S5 Episode 5: COVID-19 and the Acute Need for Affordable Housing
Toronto’s chief medical officer of health recently urged Torontonians to focus on staying home following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases across the region. But what about the under-privileged who struggle to find proper housing or are residing in cramped, unhealthy living conditions? For this October 5th UN World Habitat Day, Jeremy speaks with Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA, to learn how it is now more important than ever for governments, private sector and not-for-profit agencies to collaborate and create opportunities for financially-challenged families, better access to home ownership and the prospect for a healthier quality of life.
Great Canadian urbanism podcast. More episodes please!
The best and most informative podcast for
Toronto real estate. Just love it
Thanks to UrbanToronto I was able to discover this marvellous podcast. I’m a huge fan of Toronto’s architecture changes that are happening currently and this podcast helps embrace that passion!