Sidewalk Labs cancels plan to build high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto amid COVID-19

Sidewalk Labs cancels plan to build high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto amid COVID-19


Publication Title
CBC News
Publication/Creation Date
May 7 2020
Creators/Contributors
Adam Carter (creator)
John Rieti (creator)
Sidewalk Labs (contributor)
Dan Doctoroff (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description

Sidewalk Labs, a Google-affiliated company, is abandoning its plan to build a high-tech neighbourhood on Toronto's waterfront, citing what it calls unprecedented economic uncertainty.

The project, dubbed Quayside, still didn't have all of the government approvals it needed to go ahead. Toronto citizens and civic leaders had raised concerns about the privacy implications of the project and how much of the city's developing waterfront Sidewalk Labs wanted to control. 

The so-called "smart city" was set to feature a range of cutting edge technology, from residential towers made of timber to the use of autonomous cars and heated sidewalks. The company had initially claimed the project would create 44,000 jobs, generate $4.3 billion in annual tax revenues and add $14.2 billion annually in gross domestic product for Canada.

HCI Platform
Other
Location on Body
Not On The Body
Augments
Living
Marketing Keywords
Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet, Google
Source
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/sidewalk-labs-cancels-project-1.5559370

Related Collections
COVID-19 Tech (2020)
Date archived
May 18 2020
Last edited
May 18 2020
How to cite this entry
Adam Carter, John Rieti. (May 7 2020). "Sidewalk Labs cancels plan to build high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto amid COVID-19". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/4555