Friday, October 6, 2017

"Sidewalk Labs’ bid to build a smart city hub in Toronto may soon be a reality" (GOOG)

From Curbed, Oct. 5:

The Alphabet subsidiary may soon develop 12 acres on Toronto’s waterfront
Google parent company Alphabet Inc.’s plan to build a smart city on Toronto’s waterfront may soon see the light of day. 

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Sidewalk Labs LLC, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is nearing a deal with the Canadian city to develop a 12-acre section of the eastern waterfront into a digital downtown. 

The board of Waterfront Toronto, the agency overseeing the Quayside project, as it’s called, is expected to vote at a meeting on October 20 whether to approve the agency’s recommendation to partner with Sidewalk Labs resulting from a competitive bid process after a request for proposals was launched in May, according to the Toronto Star.

Quayside, whose website envisions the district as “an exemplary waterfront community that achieves precedent-setting standards of sustainability, resiliency, innovation, inclusivity and design excellence,” is an attractive site for Sidewalk, which has been searching for a home for over a year....MORE 
Previously on the Sidewalk: 

As former Deputy Mayor to Michael Bloomberg, Doctoroff pretty much epitomizes the intersection of big money/big politics. That Medium post is not quite a blueprint but interesting nonetheless. 

No, they have bigger plans.
There is big money and big politics behind this stuff and this June 2016 article is a good primer on what's coming.