Google (GOOGL) wants to build the city of the future… in Canada for some reason.
Sidewalk Labs, a Google subsidiary, unveiled a 1,524-page plan to transform Toronto's waterfront into a futuristic smart city "built from the internet up." (You start with the porn and the memes and you add the roads and parks later.)
Google's "city within a city" would serve as a testing ground for strange and innovative ideas to change the way we live in cities. The residents of this Googletopia will be the guinea pigs for every hot new trend in urban planning (but at least they'll be living a very nice cage.)
At the heart of the proposal is a plan to create 91% more pedestrian space in the district and encourage people to actually go outside in the ridiculous Canadian weather.