What Vancouver can teach Toronto about urban smarts: Cohn • Toronto Star Queen’s Park columnist Martin Regg Cohn highlighted Growing Pains, the latest report from Neptis as part of his weekly column titled: What Vancouver can teach Toronto about urban smarts.In his column, Cohn interviewed Marcy Burchfield, Executive Director of the Neptis Foundation who co-authoured the new study with Anna Kramer. The column focused on how the “...

Misalignment of growth and infrastructure means Growing Pains for the GTHA • In August 2014, newspaper headlines trumpeted the “Manhattanization” of Toronto. City Council, in the span of two days, approved 18 new high-rise apartment and office buildings in downtown Toronto, on top of 70,000 residential units already approved for construction. But what happens in downtown Toronto is only a small part of a much larger story of growth across the Greater Toronto and...





Neptis Geoweb • An interactive map-based tool that allows residents, researchers and decision makers better understand the often invisible forces that shape our urban and rural environments - and by extension, our lives.

A Method for Mapping Settlement Area Boundaries in the Greater Golden Horseshoe • This paper describes a method for mapping and measuring the lands designated for growth and urban expansion in the area known as the Greater Golden Horseshoe under the provisions of...

Understanding the Fundamentals of the Growth Plan • Neptis has prepared this discussion paper to answer three questions. (1) How does the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe work? (2) Is the region running out of land for development? (3) Have...



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