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What do we want? Approaching urban freight from a community lens CivMin Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Toronto

Feb. 5, 2024  5:00pm - 7:00pm EST University College UC179, 15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON panel - Public event

Increased freight activity in residential neighborhoods due to the use of delivery services exacerbates and expands the scale of problems created by the exclusion of neighborhood views on freight planning activities. Historically, freight activity was associated with industrial and commercial land-uses, and the impacted communities largely considered to be freight-related businesses. This has for many years led to conflicts within neighborhoods located near significant industrial facilities. 

In What do we want? Approaching urban freight from a community lens, Prof. Anne Goodchild of the Civil & Environmental Engineering department of the University of Washington, will detail the historic view of the “freight community” and mechanisms for freight community engagement.  She will also present community perspectives from survey results in the Seattle area. This leads to recommendations as to how we can re-envision freight planning in support of more livable, engaged communities.

Pembina Institute's Adam Thorn, director of transportation, will be part of the panel discussion that follows the lecture. He will be joined by Professor Matthew Roorda (University of Toronto, Civil Engineering),  Nazzareno Capano (City of Toronto Transportation Services) and Clarence Woudsma (University of Waterloo, School of Planning).

The event is free but RSVPs are requested.


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