Blayne Haggart, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock University, and Natasha Tusikov, Assistant Professor of Criminology at York University, co-wrote a piece recently published in The Conversation about lessons that can be learned from the failed partnership between Google company Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto.
“On May 7, the Google company Sidewalk Labs announced that it was withdrawing from its partnership with Waterfront Toronto, and its plans to create a smart-city neighbourhood called Quayside.
The surprise announcement — attributed by Sidewalk Labs CEO Daniel L. Doctoroff to ‘unprecedented economic uncertainty’ produced by the current COVID-19 pandemic — brings to a close one of the most bizarre and ill-conceived policy debacles we’ve ever come across.
It is hard to exaggerate the extent to which the entire Quayside development was not just a mess, but an obvious mess. This was a multi-billion-dollar deal between a land-development agency with no previous experience with foundational smart-city issues like data and intellectual property and a tech company created in 2015, with no track record in urban development.”
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