Local economic development is one of our focus areas. We’ve been working with community groups and micro-enterprises across Toronto to plan and develop micro-enterprise markets and strategize on building up a micro-enteprise sector.
1. Market Shift (June 1, 2012)
In June 2012, Howard Tam and Jon Woodside hosted a charrette with Scadding Court Community Centre
- Market Shift Charrette Final Report (Jan 3, 2013): Written by Jon Woodside with contributions from Howard Tam. Final report of the Market Shift Charrette that was held at Scadding Court Community Centre on the subject of urban topologies that can support container markets.
1. Micro Economies (Spacing Magazine – Winter 2012/13)
- Howard talks about why shipping containers make great spaces especially for small businesses in Spacing Magazine
2. Sometimes You Can Think in a Box (socialfinance.ca – Feb. 13 2013)
- Howard’s article at socialfinance.ca talking about Market 707, the Market Shift charrette and his vision for micro-enterprise infrastructure in Toronto(Feb. 13, 2013)
3. How a few shipping containers have revamped this Toronto street (Globe and Mail – Oct 22 2013)
- Howard talks about Market 707 at Scadding Court Community Centre with the Globe and Mail
4. Pop Up Markets Creating More Community Retail Opportunities (The Collider – Spring/Summer 2014)
- Howard talks about micro-enterprises and Market 707 with CSI’s The Collider
5. Incubating Micro-Retail – Laneways untapped realm of urban design (The Annex Gleaner – December 2015 – online version)
- Howard talks to The Annex Gleaner about the Honest Ed’s Alley Micro-Retail Incubator Project
Ever the hot topic in Toronto, transit is something we like to help think about and suggest ideas based on case studies from around the world.
1. Global Engineering Innovation Competition 2013 (March 17, 2013)
Transit Funding Proposal: Paying the Way: Financing GTA Transit Expansion in the 21st Century and Beyond (March 17, 2013): Written by Howard Tam and Lindsay Roxon for the 2013 Engineers Without Borders (Toronto Chapter) Global Engineering Innovation Competition. Proposal won First Prize out of 4 finalists.
- See the video of our presentation at the Competition here.
1. Transit in Toronto: Privatisation supports livability (Toronto Star – Oct 2, 2012)
- Howard was interviewed about public transit and the paradigm of connected opportunities
2. Live Drive with John Tory [radio] (Newstalk 1010 – Dec 4, 2012)
- Howard was interviewed on John Tory’s radio show about public transit and transit funding in Hong Kong
Affordable housing is the 21st century issue for Toronto. With rising house prices and more precarious employment, what are the solutions that can help? One area we’ve looked at is providing more incentives for the private sector to participate.
1. Private Sector Participation in Affordable Housing
- Affordable Housing in Ontario: Mobilizing Private Capital in an Era of Public Constraint (April 12, 2013): Paper on getting more private investment into affordable housing co-authored with André Côté – Manager, Programs and Research at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the University of Toronto.