In this final installment of our series covering the revitalization of Toronto's waterfront, we're looking at how Waterfront Toronto is working with key players to make Toronto an Intelligent Community. Waterfront Toronto is a public advocate and steward of waterfront revitalization created by the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto. We spoke with Meg Davis, Vice President of Development at Waterfront Toronto, about the revitalization of the city’s waterfront.
Waterfront Toronto has been working hard to improve many aspects of life in this city. They have received $1.5 billion dollars in government investments from all 3 levels to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Toronto, Ontario, and Canada. A large part of Waterfront Toronto’s efforts are going toward Toronto’s status as an Intelligent Community.
An Intelligent Community is one which has taken steps to facilitate a broadband economy, and is working to understand the enormous challenges that come with it. Meg Davis of Waterfront Toronto discussed creating intelligent communities with us, and she said that it means “building systems for the city to fuel innovation and tackle economic and social challenges”.
Davis refers to infrastructure that is already in place in Toronto that is facilitating innovation. She says “players like George Brown College, Ryerson University, the MaRS Discovery District, and the Evergreen Brickworks are working together to start innovation and economic development and find creative ways to connect.”
Development is already underway. Toronto will soon see a broadband connection that is 500 times faster than your normal internet connection speed, and a service that provides faster phone, internet and cable services for a fraction of the price of the current providers. The services are also open, so you have access to the content of all the providers without the inflated costs.
Tracking and analyzing the development is Waterfront Toronto’s part in the broadband project. They are tallying the growth and innovation taking place at the broadband level using the investment in waterfront revitalization project. Davis says they are particularly analyzing the open access, ultra high speed broadband, and our growth in that field qualifies Toronto as an Intelligent Community.
Davis says these amazing things are all in the works, and it helped put Toronto in the dignified Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world in 2013. The work Waterfront Toronto is doing in conjunction with the other key players will bring a new broadband infrastructure to our city and keep us on the Top 7 for years to come.