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Our year-long Star Big Ideas project yielded lots of great ideas on a variety of topics. Hover over the gears to learn more. www.thestar.com What are the Big Ideas that can re-engage Torontonians in the city and lead it triumphantly into the 21st century?
Learn more about Gardiner Expressway-related issues. www.thestar.com Ideas to improve Toronto's infrastructure and transportation to get this city moving.
Learn more about TTC-related issues. www.thestar.com Ideas to improve Toronto's infrastructure and transportation to get this city moving.
Learn more about childcare-related issues. www.thestar.com Ideas to make Toronto a better place for children and youth.
Learn more about education-related issues in the recap of this chat on improving the K-12 system. www.thestar.com Our education expert and Star columnist Christopher Hume discussed how the education system can be improved to be more inclusive
Check out this interactive look at cycling ideas suggested by readers. www.thestar.com Explore an interactive image to read some of the cycling-related ideas submitted by readers as part of our ongoing Big Ideas project.
Readers had a lot of ideas related to parks and other public spaces. www.thestar.com Ideas to improve Toronto's public spaces.
Several ideas posed by readers involved arts and recreation activities. www.thestar.com Colleen Davidson has a great idea about culture: Hire cultural consultants to find ways to increase quality of life and inspire a richer sense of culture
Make seniors centres as attractive as possible - just one idea related to seniors' services posed by readers. www.thestar.com Jill Leger has a great idea about improving quality of life: Make senior centres as modern, innovative and enticing as possible, a place for social interaction, community support, physical activity and personal enrichment.
Readers were passionate about a proposal to disarm Toronto police. Read a summary of the debate. www.thestar.com Lawyer Peter Rosenthal argues the public would be better served with several highly trained Emergency Task Force units employing guns and other police no firearms at all.
We invited experts from every walk of life to share how they would improve Toronto. See what they said: www.thestar.com Transportation, culture and crime — the big ideas posed by experts to improve Toronto run the gamut. Here’s an interactive look back at their suggestions. Hover your mouse over the blue dots to learn more.
What's next for the city? Christopher Hume debated the topic with readers. www.thestar.com We caught a glimpse into the future during our Big Ideas live chat on Tuesday, June 10. What will Toronto be like in 2050? What will the city’s transit, governance and housing look like decades from now?
Imagine a new neighbourhood springing up above the tracks leading to and from Union Station... www.thestar.com Urban design professor David Lieberman suggests that by leasing air rights above the tracks that divide downtown, Toronto could better integrate them into the fabric of the city.
Readers had a lot to say about Porter Airlines proposal to bring jets to Billy Bishop airport. www.thestar.com Star Facebook readers jumped into the discussion on the contentious issue of whether Porter Airlines should expand Billy Bishop Island Airport to allow jets, in advance of our live chat Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST with our expert panel: Architect Michael Kirkland and U of T prof Ambarish Chandra.
Readers are concerned about climate change and other environmental issues. www.thestar.com Ideas for improving Toronto's environment.
Could Toronto's ravines become a showpiece of the city's green spaces? www.thestar.com A city of Toronto's size and stature ought to have a world-class park. And our ravines are perfectly placed to become just that.
Congestion in the GTA has reached an untenable state, according to writer Anne Golden. www.thestar.com Congestion in the GTA has reached an untenable state. And with an additional 2.5 million people expected in the next 20 years, things are about to get much worse.
What about a transit system where the main goal is mobility for all? www.thestar.com Scott Randall has a great idea about infrastructure/transit: Make Toronto’s transit system the envy of the world using LRT, bus rapid transit, new streetcar routes and elevated rail lines over Hwy. 401 and the DVP with stops every two to three kilometres
From our suggestion box: www.thestar.com Keith McLean has a great idea about funding: Tax-free municipal bond interest payments so Toronto could pay fair after-tax returns to investors/citizens that would cost city dwellers less than current bond structures
Tree-planting and more: www.thestar.com Three hidden experts champion green roofs, permeable parking lots and putting the environment in the spotlight of Toronto's mayoral race.
This was just one reader-submitted idea related to social services. www.thestar.com Marlene Webber has a great idea about youth and kids: Protect our troubled youth by acting on problem behaviours early with a dedicated case worker