I had the great opportunity in mid-April of sitting on a panel at Greater Toronto CivicAction: Our Region, Our Move conference, which focused on the Metrolinx regional transportation plan. As the moderator for the panel on Community Building through Infrastructures, I was excited to learn more about the social benefits that might be derived from ambitious projects such as 50 billion initiatives.
The question of "how can we leverage this unprecedented investment in infrastructure to improve social and economic outcomes and neighbourhoods?" was of much interest to me as I was a member of Hamilton's now stalled Social Inclusion Task Force. We had high hopes for that group of pushing forward a plan (associated with the Pan/Parapan American Games) that could leverage addressing issues of poverty and marginalization.
I was intrigued by the question being asked by Metrolinx, the transportation planning body.
The Big Move — in which $50 billion would be spent on infrastructure — provides a great opportunity for cities to consider ways to create better communities and better social infrastructure, too.
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The Hamilton Spectator