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October 17/18, 2015 | FT| By Matthew Garrahan and Ben McLannahan
The party to celebrate Bloomberg Businessweek magazine's 85th anniversary took place under a 21,000lb fibreglass model of a blue whale...
Michael_Bloomberg  New_York_City  BusinessWeek  entrepreneur  financial_data  moguls  mayoral  Bloomberg  financial_journalism 
november 2015 by jerryking
The enduring leadership of Charleston’s mayor - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jul. 01, 2015
Marcus_Gee  leaders  leadership  mayoral  Charleston_shootings  Charleston  South_Carolina 
july 2015 by jerryking
Gardiner debate a big test of Mayor Tory's hold on council
In an early test of Mayor John Tory’s ability to carry council with him, the long-awaited debate over the future of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway finally began Wednesday.What to do with…
mayoral  roads-and-traffic  Gardiner_Expressway 
june 2015 by jerryking
Expert advice on building the city of the 21st century - The Globe and Mail
ALEX BOZIKOVIC
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 13 2015

Anthony Townsend, researcher at NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management; author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia...density bonusing works==> When more density is proposed by developers, if it is considered reasonable, cities then negotiate additional public benefits as well. In value capture, if a city invests in something like public transit, it can apply a charge on development around that transit, reflecting how public investment has increased nearby land value....Jan Gehl, founding Partner of Gehl Architects; former professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; author, most recently, of How to Study Public Life
cities  Toronto  mayoral  urban  21st._century  smart_cities  public_transit  inner_suburbs  books  densification  urban_intensification  Michael_Thompson 
february 2015 by jerryking
Tory's aim to speed up SmartTrack plan approved by executive committee - The Globe and Mail
OLIVER MOORE AND ELIZABETH CHURCH - URBAN TRANSPORTATION REPORTER
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 05 2014
SmartTrack  John_Tory  mayoral  GO  TTC  transit  priorities 
february 2015 by jerryking
Mayor Tory goes against campaign pledge and hikes TTC fares - The Globe and Mail
OLIVER MOORE AND ELIZABETH CHURCH
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 19 2015
mayoral  John_Tory  political_campaigns  TTC 
january 2015 by jerryking
Fighting inequality is not a job for Toronto’s new mayor - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Dec. 04 2014,

Inequality is a society-wide phenomenon best addressed through national and provincial policy tools – partly taxes, but mostly by fostering equality of opportunity with good public schools and health care.

Besides, a higher minimum wage for Toronto alone would only end up hurting those it is meant to help, leading to fewer hours, less job creation and a shift in employment to the suburbs. It would also drive up the cost of living for those least able to absorb it.

City governments can do their part to mitigate inequality by creating safe neighbourhoods, with parks and recreation facilities, accessible public transit and by providing adequate social housing to those who truly need it. Mr. Tory will have his hands full as it is.
Konrad_Yakabuski  mayoral  Toronto  John_Tory  inequality  policy_tools  equality_of_opportunity  public_schools  public_transit  neighbourhoods  parks  social_housing 
december 2014 by jerryking
Tory seeks to restore calm to Toronto city hall - The Globe and Mail
ADRIAN MORROW
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 30 2014,
John_Tory  mayoral  appointments  Toronto 
december 2014 by jerryking
John Tory warns of council shakeup - The Globe and Mail
ANN HUI AND ELIZABETH CHURCH
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Nov. 28 201
John_Tory  mayoral  Toronto 
november 2014 by jerryking
Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, Dies at 78 - NYTimes.com
NOV. 23, 2014| NYT | By DAVID STOUT.

Mr. Barry, 78, was a flamboyant and polarizing mayor of the nation’s capital who went to prison on cocaine charges, then recaptured City Hall in one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American urban politics.
mayoral  obituaries  Washington_D.C.  scandals  African-Americans  corruption  Improbables 
november 2014 by jerryking
Why competent city government matters - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 29 2014

Everywhere, “densification” of downtowns is the order of the day, which makes eminent sense, provided the increasing density is done properly from planning, lifestyle, transportation, and carbon emissions reductions perspectives (which hasn’t been the case in central Toronto’s condo-land, as one example).

Cities are on the front line of many issues that transcend their boundaries, climate change being one. Municipal governments have a host of powers – garbage, building codes, development, transit – that directly affect carbon emissions. What they do, or don’t, is consequential for the country’s overall record.

Similarly, how cities integrate newcomers to Canada affects the entire country’s civic life and economic prospects. Thus far, the melding of so many immigrants into the Canadian mainstream has been one of the country’s most significant accomplishments. It happens, overwhelmingly, in neighbourhoods, schools and other urban public places.
cities  mayoral  densification  Toronto  government  Jeffrey_Simpson  urban  urban_intensification  arrival_cities  neighbourhoods  competence  Michael_Thompson  social_integration 
october 2014 by jerryking
Why I’m voting for John Tory: James | Toronto Star
Royson James Toronto Politics, Published on Tue Oct 21 2014
politics  Toronto  elections  mayoral  John_Tory 
october 2014 by jerryking
How everything went wrong for Olivia Chow - The Globe and Mail
ELIZABETH CHURCH AND ADRIAN MORROW
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 19 2014
Olivia_Chow  mayoral  elections  political_campaigns  Toronto 
september 2014 by jerryking
Fed up with politics? Stop venting and get off the couch - The Globe and Mail
DENISE BALKISSOON
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 04 2014

Walking up and down driveways is boring and tiring, and a lot of people get pretty angry when sharing their opinions on government. It’s also one of my favourite things to do, because it’s about the realest way I can think of to figure out where people are at and where they’re coming from, what’s important in their lives and what they expect their public servants to do about it.

It’s always a downer when after a busy season of door-knocking, voter turnout stays stalled at Canadian lows. The highest turnout in a federal election in the last century was in 1963, when it almost hit 80 per cent. Municipal elections are even more depressing – about 40 per cent of eligible voters usually show up at the polls, which is why Toronto got so excited at our last go-round, in 2010, when a big fat half of the city turned up to mark a ballot.
Toronto  elections  mayoral  voter_turnout  political_campaigns  disengagement  apathy  politics 
september 2014 by jerryking
Rob Ford only a few points behind Tory in new mayoral poll - The Globe and Mail
JILL MAHONEY
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 28 2014,

Mr. Ford’s support was highest among men, those aged 18-34, residents of Etobicoke and Scarborough, people with a household income between $60,000 and $80,000 and those with a high school education or less.

By contrast, support for Mr. Tory was highest among senior citizens, North York residents, voters with household incomes over $250,000 and those who have gone to graduate school. His support is almost evenly split between men and women.

Ms. Chow’s support is concentrated among women, those aged 35 to 44, those who live in the old city of Toronto or East York, voters with household incomes under $20,000 and those with at least some college or university education.
John_Tory  Rob_Ford  Olivia_Chow  elections  political_campaigns  Etobicoke  North_York  Scarborough  Toronto  mayoral  opinion_polls_&_surveys 
august 2014 by jerryking
Mayor Ford’s business contracts raise question of conflict - The Globe and Mail
ROBYN DOOLITTLE AND GREG MCARTHUR
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014
conflicts_of_interest  Rob_Ford  Toronto  mayoral 
august 2014 by jerryking
Five things all Canadian cities should stop ignoring
Aug. 20 2014 |The Globe and Mail | JEFF LEHMAN.
1. Don’s World
2. Resiliency.
3. Affordable housing.
4. Slaying the infrastructure deficit.
5. A new federalism.

Don's world = that Ontario governments need to adjust to revenues growing more slowly by reforming services and changing the way they do business. Cities must listen to this advice. This goes beyond controlling costs; services must be delivered differently if they are to be sustainable.
affordable_housing  affordability  Canadian  cities  Don_Drummond  federalism  infrastructure  mayoral  municipalities  P3  public_housing  public_sector  resilience  slow_growth  strategic_thinking  urban 
august 2014 by jerryking
All or nothing for Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014

Mr. Tory enters the race with some big advantages. He is a well-known figure in a competition where name recognition matters. He has a high-powered campaign team with links to both Liberal and Conservative parties. His Bay Street connections should make it easy to raise money and build a campaign war chest.

He has a killer résumé. As a former business executive with Rogers, he can claim to know about how to create prosperity and jobs. As a leader of the volunteer group CivicAction, he has worked on urban issues from transit to youth unemployment. As a talk-show host till he quit to run, he is well-read and articulate on all the issues.

He ran a good campaign for mayor in 2003 and came a close second to David Miller. He calls himself a fiscal conservative and yet acknowledges the need for public investment in a growing city.... Karen Stintz and David Soknacki, on the other flank, are selling the same brand as Mr. Tory – moderate non-Ford conservative. Mr. Ford’s camp, meanwhile, is portraying Mr. Tory as a blue blood out of touch with the ordinary folk, an image that, even if a caricature, could stick.

But Mr. Tory’s worst potential enemy is himself. He is so fair-minded, so willing to see the other side, that he often seems all over the place. He talks a mile a minute, not always to his own advantage. His time in provincial politics revealed a man of weak political instincts who lost a general election, the seat he was contesting and a by-election before resigning as Conservative leader.
Marcus_Gee  John_Tory  political_campaigns  mayoral  Toronto 
august 2014 by jerryking
Blair’s problem is that it’s 2014, not 2004 - The Globe and Mail
ADAM RADWANSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 31 2014,

There is good reason that the heads of most major police forces are lucky to last a decade on the job, as Chief Blair has, let alone beyond it. Over the years, the mandate from civilians will inevitably change, as old challenges are addressed and new ones arise. And for a variety of reasons, the loss of public trust to inevitable controversies and the difficulty of maintaining support among police rank-and-file among them, a chief who comes in driving one agenda is not often willing or able to pivot to a different one....But partly because the city has on the whole become safer, the police board’s criteria for a suitable chief have changed. As governments at all levels tighten their belts, there is a growing push to rein in police costs that have mostly been given a free pass – climbing, in Toronto, to more than $1-billion annually.

As the board has pushed him to find savings, Chief Blair has aggressively resisted. Had he not done so, it is unlikely he would have been able to keep his force behind him for as long as he has. But that just adds to the impetus to bring in someone new.

So, too, does the perception that having in recent years been surrounded by a tight circle of confidantes, Chief Blair is too set in his ways to seriously consider structural changes that could improve efficiencies – merging or even eliminating certain units, for instance, or replacing officers with civilians for office tasks.

The desire for institutional reform helps explain why there is speculation that the board, which may have unusual latitude in choosing his successor given the city’s lack of a functional mayor, will bring in a fresh set of eyes from outside the force. Executive-leadership skills will probably count for more than previously, and having climbed up through the ranks for less.

To his civilian overseers, in other words, Chief Blair looks like yesterday’s man.
Bill_Blair  Toronto  mayoral  cost-cutting  fresh_eyes  institutional_change  civilian_oversight  police  police_force  policing  Toronto_Police_Service  Toronto_Police_Services_Board  structural_change 
july 2014 by jerryking
How to make city mayors ‘responsible’ - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jul. 21 2014
Preston_Manning  mayoral  Toronto  Rob_Ford 
july 2014 by jerryking
When it comes to the arts, here’s what Toronto needs in a mayor - The Globe and Mail
KATE TAYLOR
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jun. 30 2014

In their statement, they say they want a Toronto that is ambitious, creative, accessible, forward-thinking, responsive, collaborative and imaginative.

They say the city needs a mayor who has a strategic vision, consensus-building leadership skills and a passion for Toronto; who embodies inclusiveness in all interactions; and who balances the budget.

They also identify five things Toronto needs in order to thrive: a creative and innovative economy, healthy and productive citizens, a vibrant cultural sector, affordable and accessible transportation, and beautiful and connected neighbourhoods and green spaces.
cultural_institutions  art  museums  Toronto  elections  mayoral  ROM  AGO  TIFF  neighbourhoods  parks  public_spaces  forward-thinking  green_spaces 
july 2014 by jerryking
Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of the World) - NYTimes.com
December 14, 2013 | NYT | By MICHAEL BARBARO.

Bloomberg Associates will be a project that is the first concrete phase of a post-mayoral life that aides said would remain intensely focused on cities, long viewed by him as laboratories for large-scale experiments in public health, economic development and environmental sustainability.

Above all, the new endeavor reflects a profound confidence — never in short supply with this mayor — that it would behoove dozens of municipalities to replicate the ideas that defined his tenure: turning busy roads into pedestrian plazas, posting calorie counts in fast-food chains, creating a customer-service hotline for citizens....The consulting group is the latest chapter in Mr. Bloomberg’s long journey from political neophyte to much-admired mentor to fellow mayors, dozens of whom have flocked to City Hall to study his open-seat bullpen layout, attended his conferences about urban innovation and applied for grants from his foundation (called “mayors’ school” by several city leaders who have spent time there).
Michael_Bloomberg  New_York_City  Second_Acts  management_consulting  hotlines  data  data_driven  cities  mayoral  large-scale  public_health  economic_development  sustainability  environment 
december 2013 by jerryking
Rob Ford rages against the fading of his political light - The Globe and Mail
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Marcus_Gee  Toronto  Rob_Ford  scandals  mayoral 
november 2013 by jerryking
Toronto’s problem has grown beyond its mayor
Nov. 08 2013 | The Globe and Mail |Richard Florida

Toronto must deal with an even larger schism, the one that divides its booming 21st-century economy from its outmoded growth model and system of governance. It is this – not Mr. Ford – that poses the most serious threat to Toronto’s continued prosperity....Toronto has reached a true inflection point, and the problem is not high taxes or fiscal profligacy, as many have framed it....Toronto’s biggest problem is its growth model, which has far outlived its shelf life.

When a city region like Toronto – or Atlanta, Washington, Dallas or Miami – hits the 5.5 to six million mark in population, it can no longer grow based on cars and sprawl. It has to grow upward as well as outward and has to become much more oriented to transit. Most cities fail to make the required investments and their growth stalls and falters. The truly great cities are able to invest in ways that change their growth trajectory. This is what New York did more than a century ago when it built its rail and subway lines. That’s what Toronto needs to do now if it wants to achieve its ambition to become a truly global city....To do so requires not just massive investments in transit, but more flexible building and zoning regimes that promote greater density at the core and in the suburbs alike. The dysfunction in the mayor’s office means that all this is being put on the back burner....then there is the deep and fundamental problem of the growing geographic inequality that produced Mr. Ford in the first place. ....Inequality has frustrated even the most effective mayors...[Toronto} needs a new governance system that is adequate to the new challenges it faces....Toronto can lead the world by devising a modern system that’s up to the task of investing in governing and investing in a large economically integrated city. ...the basic idea would be to create a new kind of federalism, which extends from the provincial government through the city and all the way down to the varied communities and neighbourhoods that make it up.
21st._century  building_codes  cities  communities  densification  federalism  land_uses  mayoral  neighbourhoods  NYC  Queen’s_Park  regulation  Richard_Florida  Rob_Ford  scandals  schisms  transit  Toronto  zoning  inflection_points 
november 2013 by jerryking
Meet Bloomberg's data-driven Daniel Doctoroff
Aug. 09 2013 | The Globe and Mail |JOANNA SLATER.

Mr. Doctoroff’s job, as deputy mayor for economic development, would include rebuilding the site and pushing ahead with projects envisaged in the Olympic bid....Founded by Mr. Bloomberg in 1982, the firm grew into a global juggernaut that disrupted every field it touched, from market data to financial journalism....Mr. Doctoroff had a yen for precision and a belief in the power of data. To eliminate clutter on his desk, he never touches a piece of paper twice. “I either delegate something, I dump it, or I deal with it,”...Mr. Doctoroff’s mission at Bloomberg is twofold. The first is to sell more terminals – a subscription service that costs more than $20,000 (U.S.) a year per person and offers access to an expanding universe of data, analytical tools and news. Last year was a tough one for terminal sales; Wall Street firms continued to shed staff in what Mr. Doctoroff describes as “the fourth year of post-financial crisis adjustment.”

The second task is to lead the company into other areas and make those investments pay off. Bloomberg has launched what it hopes will become indispensable data products for fields like law and government and also for back-office personnel within finance. Then there’s the media business, which includes a news service, television, radio and magazines, among them Bloomberg Businessweek, which was purchased in 2009. Businessweek still isn’t profitable, but it’s losing much less money than it used to. The magazine, like the rest of the news operation, serves another objective in the Bloomberg ecosystem, Mr. Doctoroff said: heightening the firm’s profile so it can attract more market-moving scoops, which in turn helps to sell more terminals....On his career path: I believe we’re all endowed with a very small set of narrow skills that make us unique. You’ve got to find what that is. Most often what you truly understand makes you unique is something that you’re also going to build passion around. For me – and I didn’t really discover this until I was in my 40s, the line that connected the dots … [is] seeing patterns in numbers that enable me to tell a compelling story which helps to solve a problem. So whether it is helping a candidate get elected or doing a road show for a company, getting a project done in New York or hopefully setting a vision for a company, it’s that narrow skill.
New_York_City  Bloomberg  data_driven  precision  CEOs  organizational_culture  Wall_Street  private_equity  digital_media  disruption  privately_held_companies  Michael_Bloomberg  fin-tech  journalism  pattern_recognition  career_paths  gtd  mayoral  Daniel_Doctoroff  storytelling  product_launches  sense-making  leadership  insights  leaders  statistics  persuasion  ratios  analogies  back-office  connecting_the_dots  scoops  financial_journalism  financial_data  special_sauce  non-routine  skills 
august 2013 by jerryking
Montreal and Toronto need a new breed of mayor
Jun. 20 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Konrad Yakabuski.

Canada’s two biggest cities are in the market for new leadership at a critical juncture. So-called “higher” levels of government are out of money and ideas and de facto city states are re-emerging as the real motors of national growth and innovation. Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution point out that this “inversion of the hierarchy of power” presents cities with both challenges and opportunities. Higher levels of government are too broke, too slow and too politically divided to make transformative public policy, so visionary mayors must fill the void. The trend is yielding a new model of governance. “The metropolitan revolution,” they write in their new book of the same name, “is like our era: crowd-sourced rather than close-sourced, entrepreneurial rather than bureaucratic, networked rather than hierarchical.”...If inclusiveness is key to the metropolitan revolution, Toronto and Montreal have been shaped by history and demography to embody it. With half of its population born outside Canada, Toronto reverberates with the influences of an entire planet. Dundas Square on a Sunday afternoon is a chaotic free-for-all of colour, creed, generation and gender. There are few places in the world that could pull it off as peacefully....As Torontonians ponder a Ford-free future, they need to think about who can best lead such a diverse city as it stakes its claim to global greatness. Choosing an anti-development ideologue who puts poverty alleviation ahead of economic growth would be just as big a mistake as picking a crane-loving populist who doesn’t know his Weiwei from his WiFi.

The inversion of the power hierarchy promises to make the next mayors of Toronto and Montreal national leaders, not just local ones. To succeed, they will need to transcend outdated political cleavages and notions of progress.
Konrad_Yakabuski  Toronto  Montreal  anti-development  leadership  mayoral  networks  crowdsourcing  books  John_Tory  Brookings  voids  governance  cities  city-states  cash-strapped  vision 
june 2013 by jerryking
The Mayor’s Geek Squad
By ALAN FEUER
Published: March 23, 2013

Data — or Big Data, as quantitative analysts will call it — is the tool du jour for tech-savvy companies that have realized that lurking in the vast pools of unprocessed information in their networks are solutions to some of today’s most pressing and convoluted problems. A few years ago, Google, for example, took the 50 million most common keywords that Americans typed in search bars and tried to figure out, by comparing them with federal health statistics, where the H1N1 flu virus was to likely strike next.

According to a new book, “Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think,” the enormous quantity of information whirling through the ether can affect and enhance our quality of life. As the authors put it, “The change of scale has led to a change of state.”

Now the city has brought this quantitative method to the exceedingly complicated machine that is New York. For the modest sum of $1 million, and at a moment when decreasing budgets have required increased efficiency, the in-house geek squad has over the last three years leveraged the power of computers to double the city’s hit rate in finding stores selling bootleg cigarettes; sped the removal of trees destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; and helped steer overburdened housing inspectors — working with more than 20,000 options — directly to lawbreaking buildings where catastrophic fires were likeliest to occur.
massive_data_sets  New_York_City  mayoral  data_driven  targeted_enforcement  government_2.0  gov_2.0  cities  geeks  in-house  books  hit_rates  unstructured_data  H1N1  flu_outbreaks  Michael_Bloomberg  quants 
march 2013 by jerryking
Ed Koch Legacy: New York City's Fortunes Improved Under His Leadership - WSJ.com
February 1, 2013| WSJ | By ANDREW GROSSMAN.

City Turned Under Koch Leadership
Legacy Mixed on Race Relations, AIDS.
Ed_Koch  mayoral  New_York_City  obituaries 
february 2013 by jerryking
Three-Term New York Mayor Ed Koch Dies at Age 88 - WSJ.com
February 1, 2013 | NYT | By JENNIFER MALONEY.
Edward I. Koch, 1924-2013
Three-Term New York Mayor Oversaw Financial Recovery

By JENNIFER MALONEY
New_York_City  obituaries  mayoral 
february 2013 by jerryking
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