MIDP liveblog entries

The main blog posts

The complete collection of these posts, in one single, handy-dandy pdf.

Entry 0: The Dark Tower of annoyingly long smart city reports
Entry 1: The 2018 Auditor General of Ontario Report
Entry 2: Waterfront Toronto’s Original Request for Proposals
Entry 3: Sidewalk Labs CEO Project Vision Open Letter
Entry 4: Sidewalk Labs’ Project Vision
Entry 5: Enter the gondola! Every Sidewalk Labs promise to Toronto in its Project Vision document, and the one thing they won’t do
Entry 6: Comparing the July 2018 Plan Development Agreement and the original 2017 Framework Agreement
Entry 7: The July 2018 Plan Development Agreement
Entry 8: The Plan Development Agreement’s digital governance framework; Sidewalk Labs’ Digital Governance Proposals for DSAP Consultations
Entry 9: Open Letter from Waterfront Toronto Board Chair, Stephen Diamond regarding Quayside
Entry 10: The MIDP Overview I: Format and first impressions
Entry 11: The MIDP Overview II: Project Background
Entry 12: The MIDP Overview III: The Plans, parts 1 and 2
Entry 13: The MIDP Overview IV: The Plans, parts 3, 4 and 5; Priority Outcomes

Entry 14: The MIDP Overview V: The Partnership
Entry 15: The MIDP Volume 1: The Plans, Introduction
Entry 16: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 1: The Quayside Plan, Part 1: Development Plan
Entry 17: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 1: The Quayside Plan, Part 2: How it Works (I)
Entry 18: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 1: The Quayside Plan, Part 2: How it Works (II)
Entry 19: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 1: The Quayside Plan, Part 2: How it Works (III) and Public Engagement
Entry 20: The MIDP’s economic drivers: A Google-themed rerun of Amazon’s HQ2 debacle?
Entry 21: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 2: The River District, Introduction
Entry 22: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 2: The River District, Part 1: Neighbourhood Planning concepts
Entry 23: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 2: The River District, Part 2: Scaling Urban Innovations; The Future Can Start Now
Entry 24: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 3: Economic Development: Introduction; Part 1: Accelerating Development
Entry 25: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 3: Economic Development (II): Part 2: Sparking a Cluster in Urban Innovation
Entry 26: The MIDP Volume 1, The Plans; Chapter 3: Economic Development (III): Part 3: Measuring Impact; Part 4: Exploring Economic Impact Further into the Future
Entry 27: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations: Introduction; Chapter 1: Mobility, Parts 1-4
Entry 28: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 1: Mobility, Parts 5-6
Entry 29: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 2: Public Realm
Entry 30: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 3: Buildings and Housing
Entry 31: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 4: Sustainability
Entry 32: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 5: Digital Innovation, Introduction
Entry 33: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 5: Digital Innovation, Parts 1 and 2
Entry 34: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 5: Digital Innovation, Part 3: Creating a Trusted Process for Responsible Data Use (I)
Entry 35: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 5: Digital Innovation, Part 3: Creating a Trusted Process for Responsible Data Use (II)
Entry 36: The MIDP Volume 2, The Innovations, Chapter 5: Digital Innovation, Part 4; Public engagement
Entry 37: The MIDP Volume 3, Partnership Overview: Introduction
Entry 38: The MIDP Volume 3, Partnership Overview: Chapter 1: The Innovative Design and Economic Acceleration (IDEA) District, Introduction and Part 1
Entry 39: The MIDP Volume 3, Partnership Overview: Chapter 1: The Innovative Design and Economic Acceleration (IDEA) District, Parts 2 and 3
Entry 40: The MIDP Volume 3, Partnership Overview: Chapter 2: Innovation and Funding Partnership Proposal, Role 1: Development of Real Estate and Advanced Systems
Entry 41: The MIDP Volume 3, Partnership Overview: Chapter 2: Innovation and Funding Partnership Proposal, Roles 2-4
Entry 42: The MIDP Volume 3, Partnership Overview: Chapters 3-7; Supplemental Tables
Entry 43: Waterfront Toronto Note to Reader
Entry 44: The Digital Strategy Advisory Panel’s Preliminary Commentary and Questions on the MIDP
Entry 45: Federal leaders should face tough questions about Toronto’s smart-city project
Entry 46: Waterfront Toronto’s Letter to Sidewalk Labs

Bonus posts

Bonus entry: Waterfront Toronto takes the Douglas Adams approach to public consultation
Bonus entry 2: On poorly designed consultations, conflicts of interest, cheating on the test, and getting to know your business partner
Bonus entry 3: What responsible public consultations look like, and why the Quayside consultations are not that
Bonus Entry 4: Follow the regs, not the tech
Bonus entry 5: My submission to Waterfront Toronto Quayside development consultations
Bonus entry 6: Review period extended
Bonus Entry 7: The Toronto Star, Sidewalk Labs, and the tediousness of Us v Them journalism
Bonus entry 8: Every single Orangespace MIDP post, now in old-school pdf form!
Bonus entry 9: Can Sidewalk Labs find any independent experts to support it?
Bonus entry 10: Waterfront Toronto gets ready to make a choice
Bonus entry 11: Without whom…

Guest posts

Guest post: An analysis of all the new public agencies proposed in the MIDP (Dr. Natasha Tusikov)

The documents in question

The entire Master Innovation and Development Plan, in one convenient, easily searchable file

The Master Innovation and Development Plan (Waterfront Toronto website)
MIDP Overview (printer-friendly version)
MIDP Volume 1: The Plans (printer-friendly version)
MIDP Volume 2: The Urban Innovations (printer-friendly version)
MIDP Volume 3: The Partnership (printer-friendly version)
MIDP Technical appendix
urbanMetrics Sidewalk Toronto Economic Impact Analysis
Waterfront Toronto Note to Readers

2018 Auditor General of Ontario review of Waterfront Toronto
Waterfront Toronto 2017 Request for Proposals
Sidewalk Labs Project Vision (response to Request for Proposals)
The 2017 Framework Agreement (hosted at the Toronto Star)
The 2018 Plan Development Agreement (no longer in force)
The August 2019 amended Plan Development Agreement (currently in force)
Toronto Star comparison of the 2017 Framework Agreement and the 2018 Plan Development Agreement (it’s two-thirds of the way down the page)
October 2018 Digital Governance Proposals for DSAP Consultations
Open Letter from Waterfront Toronto Board Chair, Stephen Diamond regarding Quayside (June 24, 2019)
DSAP Preliminary Commentary and Questions on Sidewalk Labs’ Draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP)