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Key takeaways from Sidewalk Labs’ long-awaited innovation plan

The government body that brought Sidewalk Labs into a partnership to develop a neighbourhood on Toronto’s eastern waterfront has concerns about key aspects of the company’s plan.

In an interview with The Logic, Stephen Diamond, chair of Waterfront Toronto’s board of directors, said the agency has “preliminary concerns” that it feels need to be addressed as it goes through its evaluation of Sidewalk Labs’ Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP).

The approximately 1,500-page proposal was released to the public Monday in four books, with a combined weight of more than eighteen pounds.

It’s a detailed proposal of what Sidewalk Labs hopes to accomplish in its development, and includes real estate, infrastructure and technological objectives. The Google sister company is planning to spend more than $1.3 billion over two decades building a 190-acre “IDEA district” on Toronto’s waterfront. The Logic has broken down the key elements of the proposal and what they mean below.

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