It’s nearly 2014. And I suspect many of you are about to begin pursuing your New Year’s resolutions (or are at least contemplating the idea). Unfortunately, I’m here to deliver some bad news: they don’t work. Statistically, the odds are against you. In fact, a… Read More
Monthly archives of “December 2013”
Toronto’s concession roads
I’m late in writing this blog post because I was up in Collingwood for the day snowboarding. I’m exhausted, but I do have something to say. One of the things I always find interesting when I’m driving north of the city is how far Toronto’s… Read More
Mall or Main Street?
It’s December. You’re in Toronto. The high for today is 5 degrees celsius. But the overnight low is expected to reach -11. Would you rather shop inside a warm mall or outside along a hip urban Main Street? This is a question that has come… Read More
Please don’t walk on the grass
The blog of Gehl Architects, called Cities for People, wrote a post this morning called, “Reflecting on Urban Play in Denmark.” It’s a good follow-up to the post I did a week ago called, “Skateboarding and the city”, because in many ways, the example I gave… Read More
Urbanization in the developing world
A few days ago I asked a reader of this blog if there was anything, in particular, that she’d like to see more of on here. She responded by saying that she’d love to learn more about how other cities—outside of Toronto—are managing urbanization, as… Read More
The Penn Annual
I spent this morning booking the last leg of my flights for my annual ski and snowboarding trip this February. It’s a tradition that a few of us started during grad school at Penn. We call it the “Penn Annual” and we’re now into our fifth year.… Read More
Merry Christmas everyone! I love it when Toronto gets a white Christmas. If you were hit by #icestorm2013, then you may still be without power. If that is the case, I hope you’ve found someplace warm to celebrate with friends and loved ones.
BlackBerry started our forest
A friend of mine posted this article on my Facebook wall yesterday: “A Snowier Silicon Valley in BlackBerry’s Backyard.” It essentially talks about the fact that despite the rapid decline of BlackBerry (it just reported $4.4 billion in losses), the Kitchener-Waterloo region is thriving. Many… Read More
Why real estate is an imperfect market
I’ve said many times before that the real estate market is an imperfect one. Participants lack access to a lot of valuable information and there’s a significant amount of friction between buyers and sellers. A perfect example of this can be found in this recent… Read More
Am I supposed to like this city?
Marketer Seth Godin just wrote a typically short blog post called, “Am I supposed to like this?” In it he talks about the fact that we are, for example, more likely to enjoy the food at a fancy restaurant. And we’re also more likely to… Read More