9 episodes

A podcast about Toronto, housing, politics, and the path to becoming a world class city. Hosted by Chris Spoke and Matt Spoke

Hogtown Chris and Matt Spoke

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

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A podcast about Toronto, housing, politics, and the path to becoming a world class city. Hosted by Chris Spoke and Matt Spoke

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    E9: Some news, some policy, and our first major streets project

    E9: Some news, some policy, and our first major streets project

    We missed a weak and have a lot to catch up on.

    In this episode:

    - Justin Trudeau and fourplex permissions
    - MLI Select changes that will kill small scale rental development
    - Development Charges are like sin taxes on building housing (is it a sin to build housing?)
    - Exploring commercial options in neighbourhoods
    - Closing on our first major streets site
    - And more!

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    E8: Major Streets passed!

    E8: Major Streets passed!

    City Council has voted to approve amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw that would allow for the development of 6-storey buildings along so-called Major Streets. We talk about that and more!


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    E7: How to build a multiplex

    E7: How to build a multiplex

    There was a time when builders—people who actually build—were developers. Now, builders and developers are two very distinct groups of people. The former know how to build; the latter know how to build spreadsheets. We're hoping that new multiplex permissions in Toronto get more builders back into development.

    We talk about that, as well as what's going on with the City's Major Streets study.

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    E6: Bryan Caplan on the science and ethics of housing regulation

    E6: Bryan Caplan on the science and ethics of housing regulation

    George Mason University economics professor Bryan Caplan talks about his new book, Build, Baby, Build, on the science and ethics of housing regulation.

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    E5: Missing Middle May

    E5: Missing Middle May

    A bit of this, a bit of that. In this episode:

    - 91 Barton and the anti-sprawl NIMBY
    - Capital gains taxes
    - The Missing Middle Summit
    - Improving the Major Streets policy
    - What we're working on

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    E4: Anatomy of a Committee of Adjustments hearing

    E4: Anatomy of a Committee of Adjustments hearing

    A really cool missing middle housing proposal made its way to Toronto's Committee of Adjustments this week seeking some minor variances to the zoning bylaw that are needed for its approval. In this episode, we bring you on a tour of that process.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Real talk

Quote from Episode 1: “If we had permission to build, Toronto could very rapidly climb the ranks of global cities, and there’s all sorts of benefits that accrue to that. Not just quality of life and standard of living, but economic spillovers that are good for the country. And we just have a weak leader in Doug Ford standing in the way.” 🎯

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