Following Fast Company
’s story about the Boring Company’s tunnel conveniently running from Elon Musk’s office to his house
, the tech luminary is in hot water again over ignorant comments he made about public transit. The issue is not necessarily his personal thoughts on transit, but how those views inform the transportation solutions he’s pushing on cities, which ignore very real limitations imposed by the nature of urban life.
But it’s not all bad news. First introduced in issue 10
, Toronto’s King Street Pilot Project has been running for four weeks, and new data shows that it is both improving streetcar travel times and has significant public support. Since the pilot is planned to run a year, this kind of data will hopefully make it permanent.
Housing affordability is obviously a huge problem in major cities, and this issue ends off with a trio of articles looking at the housing challenges in Canada’s major cities (highly recommend), how Vienna keeps rents low when more than 80% of residents are renters, and why Paris may soon be taking Airbnb to court.
Happy Hanukkah 🕎 to those celebrating, have relaxing Sunday, and a great coming week!