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.
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.
S5 Episode 4: Toronto City Cycling and the Upside to COVID-19
The pandemic may have beaten our city down, but it has had the opposite effect on cycling. In recent months cyclists have surged onto Toronto bike routes and many urbanists are applauding the addition of new cycling infrastructure hastily being added across the city. Could this mark the beginning of an emboldened era for Toronto city cycling? On July 31st, 2020, Jeremy interviewed Barbara Gray, the City of Toronto’s General Manager of Transportation to find out and learn more about Toronto’s plans for its cycling infrastructure and the impacts experienced as a result of the pandemic.
S5 Episode 3: COVID-19 Impacts on the Office Market
Three and a half months into the pandemic, most Toronto office buildings are virtually empty as tenants, landlords and developers try to adapt to these changing times and plan for the new workplace environment. Jeremy interviews Lisa Fulford-Roy and Jon Ramscar, two senior executives with CBRE Canada, to talk about the significant impacts of the pandemic on the Toronto office market.
S5 Episode 2: COVID-19 Impacts on the Retail Market
Before the pandemic hit, considerable shifts in the retail market were already taking place with the rapid rise of e-commerce and declining foot traffic to traditional brick and mortar retail. With the pandemic now upon us, those impacts have been accelerated as both large and small retail destinations struggle to survive and adapt to the new world of physical distancing. On May 29th, 2020, Jeremy interviewed Jamie Tate, founder and president of Tate Economic Research, to talk about the pandemic’s impacts on the retail market and the ways in which the industry is responding.
S5 Episode 1: COVID-19 Impacts on the Condo Market
Over the past 30 years, Toronto’s condo market flourished with an almost unstoppable pace of growth. But ever since the pandemic forced a global shutdown in mid-March 2020, condo sales have plummeted, forcing developers to quickly adjust their business model and operations. On May 15th, 2020, Jeremy interviewed Mimi Ng, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Menkes Developments, to talk about the pandemic’s impacts on the condo market and what the industry is doing to respond.
S4 Episode 7: Resilience and Sustainable Design with B+H Architects’ Lisa Bate
Lisa Bate, a global sustainability lead and principal with Toronto’s B+H Architects, joins Jeremy to discuss B+H’s ability to adapt under the global impact of COVID-19. They also discuss the correlation between global health, resilience and the environment; Lisa’s perspectives on working abroad; notable sustainable building design projects; and some final thoughts on inspiring women in architecture.