Last year before Greenbuild in Chicago, one of America's best architecture critics, Blair Kamin, wrote the introduction to Chicago for GreenSource Magazine. So I was pretty nervous when I was asked to write this year's introduction to Toronto; That is a very tough act to follow. It was a very difficult article to write, trying to make Toronto exciting, interesting and green right at the time when our new Mayor was ripping up bike lanes and trying to ram Ferris Wheels and monorails down our throats.
It's not just a Toronto thing, either. I wrote in the article:
The "Global Green Building Movement," as Rick Fedrizzi called it, is under threat on both sides of the border, seen by many as a costly frill in these tough times. In Toronto, so many of the initiatives that attracted Greenbuild are at risk.[urban planner Ken] Greenberg hopes that visitors will speak out when they are here and say: "Look what you have here. Don't wreck it, don't abandon it, don't walk away from it. We are striving south of the border to get to what you have, yet you are putting it at risk."
Read it all in GreenSource Magazine
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