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Sidewalk Labs offers a futuristic vision for Toronto, but at what cost?

Sidewalk Labs has unveiled its nearly 1,500 page proposal to develop a portion of Toronto's waterfront to the public. Today on Front Burner, the Logic's editor-in-chief David Skok on what's in the plan, and what big questions remain for critics of the controversial project.
The site of Toronto's proposed "Quayside" smart city designed by Alphabet, Google's parent company. (Sidewalk Labs)

After 18 months of consultation, Google sister company Sidewalk Labs has released its master draft proposal to develop a portion of Toronto's waterfront. The proposal includes everything from an affordable housing plan, to sensor-equipped pneumatic garbage shoots, to a data privacy framework in the form of an independent urban data trust. Today on Front Burner, we talk to the Logic's editor-in-chief David Skok about what's in the report, and what questions we need to ask ourselves when we consider building smart cities.

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