Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs will build new smart city development in Toronto

Alphabet plans to build futuristic neighbourhood

Quayside from Sidewalk Labs is a multi-use project planned for Toronto's eastern waterfront that will house tens of thousands, with the partners promising affordable housing to be built using innovative construction techniques.

TORONTO-One of Google's sister companies will help build a high-tech neighbourhood on Toronto's waterfront. It will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity. On Tuesday, Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs announced Sidewalk Toronto, a joint effort to design a mixed-use community on the Eastern Waterfront. It responded to a March 2017 call from Waterfront Toronto for a partner to develop the Quayside site, the newspaper reported. The new technologies that emerge from Quayside have the potential to improve city living - making housing more affordable and public transit more convenient for Canadians and their families.

"We looked all over the world for the ideal place to bring this vision to life, and we found it here in Toronto".

Waterfront Toronto, a city agency tasked with overseeing the development along the shore of Lake Ontario, is teaming up with Sidewalk Labs to create a new venture called Sidewalk Toronto. The announcement by Sidewalk Labs and Toronto follows several months of speculation about the company's plans, which were rumored to include a "Google Island" city built from the ground up to Sidewalk Labs' specifications. The new venture was announced by Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among other leaders and is dubbed "Sidewalk Toronto". "This announcement about Sidewalk and one of the first sort of big scale district developments is an affirmation for the city that this is a place that really is coming on the map globally".

The project aims to be a hub for innovation in fields like energy savings and environmental protection. To kick off the revitalization, Alphabet plans to move Google Canada's Richmond St. headquarters to the Eastern Waterfront. "We need to harness the talent and ambition of urban technology to help serve the people of Toronto and keep our city affordable, liveable and vibrant".

At the time, reports indicated Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., had thrown its hat into the ring.

It is interesting to note that Sidewalk Labs is also working on an inventive project across NYC that would see old pay phones converted into a WiFi network that would provide high speed access to residents.

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