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Georgina Advocate, October 27, 2014

New buses for York Region come with savings

The Region of York could save more than $680,000 on new buses by partnering with 12 other Ontario municipalities. The joint transit purchase is being coordinated through the transit procurement initiative [TPI], a Metrolinx program that helps small and medium Ontario municipalities save money through bulk purchasing. . . . . . . . .

The Globe and Mail, October 17, 2014

Toronto suburb puts the emphasis on urban

...In about two or three years ...there’ll be a carousel with crazy characters to straddle at the main intersection of this very new, and very urban, development in the heart of Markham, plus oodles more green space in which to run around ...And all of this in what used to be car-dependent suburbia. . . . . . . .

Toronto Star, October 15, 2014

Places to Grow: the reshaping of the GTA

It has been nearly a decade since the Ontario government introduced Places to Grow — the provincial growth plan created to strategically accommodate future population growth, support economic prosperity and achieve a high quality of life for all Ontarians — and one doesn’t have to look far to notice the effects. . . . . . .

Newmarket Era, October 10, 2014

LETTER: Disappointed with Davis Drive negativity

I am disappointed in the amount of negative opinions I continue to hear regarding the construction on Davis Drive in Newmarket... We cannot move forward and make improvements and upgrades to our already wonderful community without changing the existing infrastructure. . . . . . .

Vaughan Citizen,

Vaughan’s downtown landmark set to rise

When Mitch Goldhar, owner of SmartCentres, teamed up with a few partners to buy 100 undeveloped acres at Edgeley Boulevard and Hwy. 7 nearly 20 years ago, he envisioned it as the future home of a big-box-store plaza with a sprawling parking lot. That is, after all, the type of development he’s been building for more than a decade since teaming up with retail giant WalMart to expand its presence in Canada. City council’s vision, at that time, was much different. . . . . . . .

Ontario Newsroom, October 8, 2014

Ontario Investments in Transit Fostering Growth

Public Transit Expansions Fueling Development in Vaughan’s New Downtown.  Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Vaughan today to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new office tower at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The government is helping to build up downtown Vaughan with smart investments in public transit . . . . . .

Newmarket Era, October 6, 2014

York Region seeks your input on transportation master plan

York Region is updating its transportation master plan and wants your input. “We really value the feedback that our residents, our businesses and our road users provide us,” infrastructure management and project management office director Stephen Collins said. “I would encourage everyone to become involved and to provide their input...” . . . . .

Toronto Star, September 24, 2014

GTA home buyers prefer walkable neighbourhoods, study says

A new study says that the vast majority of homebuyers – 81 per cent – would choose less car-dependent neighbourhoods over big lawns and extra bedrooms if cost were not a factor. The dream of home ownership in the Toronto region is evolving, with more home buyers prioritizing a walkable neighbourhood over floor space. . . . . .

Markham Economist & Sun, September 19, 2014

Section of bus-only lane opens in Markham

Transit within Markham’s main hub is finally beginning to take shape. An announcement Monday morning marked the official opening of the next segment along the bus rapidway – now extending along Hwy. 7 from Hwy. 404 to South Town Centre Boulevard.