The partnership between Sidewalk Labs and Toronto Waterfront was announced in 2017 and the plans to revitalise a disused part of the city was intended to be a model for future urban development.
Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, has published its plans to build a smart city in Toronto, sparking fresh controversy.
Sidewalk Labs chief executive Dan Doctoroff remained upbeat about its intentions, saying it wanted to create "something extraordinary" on Toronto’s eastern waterfront.
A group called simply Block Sidewalk held meetings to express growing concern about having a huge technology company making decisions about city life.
The Master Innovation and Development Plan outlines a range of innovations – from thermal and advanced energy grids, to factory-based construction of timber buildings, to a dynamic mobility network with heated bike lanes and adaptive traffic lights.
But citizens expressed concerns about becoming "lab rats" and questioned Sidewalk Labs’s motivations in building a city "from the internet up".
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