Google Sidewalk abandons Toronto Smart City
Among pandemic distress Toronto Smart City project run by Google is cancelled.
After two and half years Sidewalk Labs decided to cancel its ambitious project on Toronto waterfront as it seems to be too expensive.
Sidewalk Labs’ CEO, Dan Doctoroff, in his post explains: “it has become too difficult to make the 12-acre project financially viable without sacrificing core parts of the plan we had developed together with Waterfront Toronto to build a truly inclusive, sustainable community. And so, after a great deal of deliberation, we concluded that it no longer made sense to proceed with the Quayside project, and let Waterfront Toronto know yesterday.”
This is a sad news to anyone observing how cities can become future-ready.
As Doctoroff writes: “I believe that the ideas we have developed over the last two-and-a-half years will represent a meaningful contribution to the work of tackling big urban problems, particularly in the areas of affordability and sustainability. This is a vital societal endeavor, and Sidewalk Labs will continue our work to contribute to it.”
We can only how that pandemia won’t stop other efforts in making cities smarter, which is a must with growing population, pollution and waste.