As an extension of the Quayside innovation framework and development approach at scale, Sidewalk Labs proposes Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto also apply this approach to a larger geography identified as the “River District,” an area spanning 62 hectares with five distinct neighbourhoods: Villiers West, Villiers East, Keating East, McCleary, and Polson Quay. The River District program overall is shaped by the need for enough density to achieve Waterfront Toronto’s priority outcomes and make the development financially sustainable.
By moving Google’s expanded Canadian headquarters to Villiers West, establishing an Urban Innovation Institute, and planning and financing innovative systems across the district, Sidewalk Labs can create the foundation to attract private development that would fully unlock the waterfront’s potential as a global hub for urban innovation. The River District proposal does not include Sidewalk Labs undertaking detailed planning or leading development in this area. Instead, it aims to help create the conditions that enable both the public and private sectors to make great things happen.