The Only* Car-Free Neighbourhood in Canada (and why you can't live there)
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 Published On Premiered Apr 4, 2022

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Just off the coast of Toronto, Canada's largest city, you'll find a group of 15 small car-free islands. These are unique in Canada, because they have the only* car-free neighbourhood in the whole country. But just in case you thought you'd like to live here: you can't. There is a waiting list and strict rules for home ownership, which begs the question, why can't we build more of these places today?

In this video I explore the history and present of the Toronto Island, and talk about other car-free places in the world that I'd also like to cover in future videos on Nebula.

*there is actually another car-free neighbourhood in Canada, Harrington Island, but it's extremely remote and nobody goes there so that doesn't count. :)

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Credits, References, and Additional Information

Honouring a humble yet popular device
The Globe and Mail
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/honouring-a-humble-yet-popular-device/article736619/

Ultimately David Dennis came up with the first design for the post and ring bike rack, but Jack was apparently involved in the initial ideas, and was responsible for the popularization of it for sure.

Timbits by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine - Own work, CC0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39057236

Historical photos of Toronto Islands:
https://digitalarchive.tpl.ca/objects/347886
http://torontothenandnow.blogspot.com/2015/05/58-torontos-lost-island.html
https://torontoguardian.com/2016/05/vintage-photographs-toronto-islands/
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Toronto_Islands#/History

Map of Toronto Harbour, 1857:
By Hodder, Edward Mulberry, 1810-1878 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14770718161/
Source book page:
https://archive.org/stream/harboursportsofl00hodd/harboursportsofl00hodd#page/n36/mode/1up
No restrictions
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43608286

TORONTO UNDERWATER TUNNEL WALK - From The Island Airport To The City 100 Ft Beneath Lake Ontario- 4K
TheKenContinuum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x3J0E7DCOw

Kids, including adopted children, can inherit Toronto Islands’ exclusive and restricted homes
Toronto Star
https://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2021/02/17/kids-including-adopted-children-can-inherit-toronto-islands-exclusive-and-restricted-homes.html

Sidewalk Toronto project loses privacy expert over data anonymization policy
StateScoop
https://statescoop.com/sidewalk-toronto-project-loses-privacy-expert-over-data-anonymization-skepticism/

Digital privacy concerns will follow Sidewalk Labs to next venture, says former consultant
StateScoop
https://statescoop.com/ann-cavoukian-waterfront-toronto-digital-privacy-concerns-sidewalk-labs/

Sidewalk Labs cancels plan to build high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto amid COVID-19
CBC News
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/sidewalk-labs-cancels-project-1.5559370

Includes licensed stock footage from Getty Images

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Chapters

0:00 Introduction
0:37 The Toronto Islands & how to get there
1:45 Quiet cycling
2:06 An aside about asphalt
2:35 Amenities on the Islands
5:21 The history of the Islands
7:52 The convoluted agreement
8:56 Why can't more people live car free?
10:19 Sidewalk Toronto
11:03 Autoluw in the Netherlands
11:42 More car-free & autoluw places
12:20 What is Nebula?
13:07 Curiosity Stream + Nebula deal
14:02 Patreon shout-out

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