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Sidewalk Toronto is a joint effort by Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs 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-centered neighborhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.

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I’ve lived in Toronto for almost 30

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years I think a lot of people are moving

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here cuz the cultures you know there’s
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so many different cultures here in the
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city I always ask someone where they
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come from and eventually I asked them
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how do you say hello in your language
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and I think I’ve learned maybe 30 hello
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goodbye thank you
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you can meet a new person every week
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who’s come from someplace else and is
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brand new to the city I see a large
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increase in renting prices and I think
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that’s partly because of the growth and
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expansion of the city so I think we’re a
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real inflection point in terms of you
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know which direction the city goes in
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Toronto is in an elite class of cities
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in North America San Francisco New York
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City just a handful of others that are
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so popular have such great demand that
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it also poses incredible challenges of
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program Waterfront Toronto and sidewalk
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labs are partnering to create a new kind
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of urban community on the waterfront
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one that will be an exemplar to the rest
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of the world of how to build cities that
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have the greatest impact on our future
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addressing the challenges that Toronto
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has requires a different way of thinking
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I like the fact that Sidewalk is
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bringing a different approach that
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includes both planning and process and
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community and technology together
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rethinking how we build cities in the
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21st century
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now is the ideal time to start figuring
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out how do we leverage technology to
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make cities better now the technologists
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think why can’t we solve this quickly
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why can’t it scale fast the urbanist
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knows things take time and you have to
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move deliberately and it’s the
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convergence of those two ways of
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thinking that can lead to a really
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powerful outcome sidewalk Labs is using
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technology as a way of enhancing human
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interaction enhancing community bringing
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us closer together supporting the
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activities of our daily lives in ways
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that take away a lot of the barriers
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that separates us this initiative will
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bring together in the local tech talent
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and entrepreneurial clusters that exist
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within Toronto giving them opportunity
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to actually take their new solutions and
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go to scale and to commercialize in a
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way that we’ve never seen before in
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Canada we’re excited to work
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hand-in-hand with the city of Toronto
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the province of Ontario and the
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Government of Canada to build on the
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region’s tech boom and create new
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economic opportunities this will be a
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global draw for new ideas for economic
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growth and development
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our technology apply with the energy the
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passion of the citizens of Toronto will
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make this thing incredibly successful
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that is going to be the key difference
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to get people to offer their ideas their
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concerns what they love about Toronto so
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that this new community can be authentic
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can be Torontonian can be real can feel
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like it’s really a part of the whole
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larger fabric of the downtown area we’re
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encouraging people to get involved it’s
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open to everybody and we want their
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feedback we want their input we want
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them to help shape this project we have
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an opportunity to fundamentally redefine
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what urban life can actually be what we
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hoped her on Toni ins will see is a
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place that they can be incredibly proud
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of Toronto has a pulse Toronto has a
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vibe to it that many other cities don’t
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the city is becoming quite
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world-renowned now and so with that
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comes that opportunity to lead so I
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would love to see us take the reins and
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become that place that helps people to
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connect
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