Most North American cities continue to apply zoning by-laws with parking minimums whose logic and purpose is rooted in the fundamentally different planning, economic, demographic and environmental context of the mid-twentieth century. And yet they persist, even as they routinely and systematically produce urban landscapes ranging from the kind of disappointing to the utterly dystopian.

Pokémon GO - a phenomenon that swept the world this past summer! Cities around the globe experienced an influx of citizens into their public spaces as everyone tried to 'catch-em-all.' Crazed Pokémon trainers wandered the city swiping their phones and battling to win gyms, ultimately searching for the coveted Pikachu.

The Community and Public are Gendered

May 02, 2016 | Posted by OPPI | Post Contributed by Toronto Women's City Alliance (TWCA) | Culture & Diversity, Equity, Gender-Sensitive Planning, Public Realm | 1 comments
The Community and Public are Gendered
When we design a public space, we design it for the public. But who is that public? In Toronto, where women comprise 52% of the population, do they ever come to mind as more than half of "the public"? Usually not. If gender and women's needs were more included in city planning, cities would probably look quite different.
Rural communities are home to approximately one in five Ontario residents, who experience unique environments and lived experiences that can contribute to specific, and often negative health outcomes. These health outcomes call for concerted action and responsive public policy.

Give your car a break!

January 05, 2016 | Posted by OPPI | Post Contributed by Liliana da Silva (Region of Peel), Mary Bracken (City of Mississauga) | active transportation, community engagement, Environmental Planning & Issues | 0 comments
Give your car a break!
Delegates at the 2015 OPPI Conference in Toronto learned about the challenges associated with social media as an engagement tool in the Let Your Green Show campaign, where Peel residents were encouraged to take action on climate change in their communities. This included the resources and logistics required to undertake a public sector social media campaign.

Human Capital: Today and Tomorrow

November 18, 2015 | Posted by OPPI | Post Contributed by Kurt Tiltack | Management & Leadership, Succession Planning | 0 comments
Human Capital: Today and Tomorrow
Typically, people are aware of the technical skills required to be successful, but most are quite uncertain about the soft skills deemed necessary for team and leadership achievement. These core competencies must be defined, communicated and understood by individual contributors within an organization for honest and transparent talent management and succession planning to occur.

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