Your monthly roundup of news, tools, and events from the world of 8 80 Cities.

8 80 Streets Danforth: The First Pop-Up Vision-Zero Street Makeover in Canada

We are very excited to announce 8 80 Streets Danforth; a two-day pop-up street makeover that will demonstrate safe street designs on a section of Toronto’s iconic Danforth Ave this summer.

From August 23rd - 24th one block of this iconic commercial corridor will be temporarily transformed into a street that exemplifies the City’s aspiration to get traffic fatalities down to zero.  With temporary paint, and simple materials we will show that the community can come together to build solutions for safer and more vibrant streets. The street will include expanded pedestrian space, protected bike lanes, parklets, street furniture, and community programming for all ages.
We are delighted to be bringing internationally renowned tactical urbanists and our partners on numerous US projects The Better Block Foundation to Canada for the first time. The project has been planned and organized with the support of community partners DECA, Danforth Mosaic BIA, Earth Day Canada, and Councillor Brad Bradford.

The project is funded by a private donor who was motivated to act when 46 people walking or bicycling were killed on Toronto’s streets in 2018.

The goal of this event is to showcase proven design solutions that can save the lives of vulnerable road users while also contributing to the overall health, equity, and vibrancy of city streets.

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From the Blog: 8 Questions with Dr. Zhixi Zhuang

In 8 Questions, 8 80 Cities asks amazing partners we’ve worked with, or amazing people doing amazing work 8 questions about their passions, their history and their amazing-ness.  

8 80 Cities Summer Project Assistant Niko Casuncad talked to Zhixi Zhuang, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director (Interim) of Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning about her insight on multicultural planning and how inclusive community engagement plays a key role in city and community building.

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Pop-up Parks Lead to More Biodiversity in Cities

Parks can pop-up anywhere. We know that tactical urbanism and public space revitalization initiatives bring a plethora of benefits to communities. Adina Soloman of NextCity breaks down ecological benefits.

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The Rise of Open Streets
If you want to learn more about open streets, watch this great video from Streetfilms about how this great program started and has now become a success in different places around the world to promote social integration, and the free access to programming and activities.

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We have helped to bring and expand open streets programs to 20 cities around the world, but there is something special about bringing it to our home city. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on August 18, 2019, Open Streets TO will close 7 km of Bloor and Yonge streets to cars and open them for people.

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Designing Cities 2019 Conference, Toronto: National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

The NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 900 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.

Save the date: September 9 - 12, 2019!

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Great Initiative Brings Old Fashioned Child’s Play in Quebec

Congratulations to Montreal for designating 48 free play zones. Ingrid Peritz covers the heartfelt story of a community that wants to let their kids play.

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An Interview with Gil Peñalosa

It is always a pleasure to connect with AARP Livable Communities. In this interview with Jay Walljasper's, 8 80 Cities Founder and Chair, Gil Peñalosa, talks about what makes communities livable.

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Multigenerational Living Is the New Trend

Multigenerational living has been a way of life for many families. Elisabeth Almekinder shares how a three-generation Florida family makes it work.

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August Events 

Refusing Gentrification: Community Arts & Practice(s) – August  8: This panel talk will explore the revitalization projects across Toronto and discuss precedent cases for inclusive arts initiatives.

Queyside Public Consultation – on going: Get connected on the latest proposed Smart City strategy.

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