Google parent Alphabet is building a model smart city — but will people want to live there?

High rents. Long commutes. Crowds, pollution and traffic. Is this your experience of city living?

From e-bikes to congestion charges and from pop-up urinals to outdoor gyms, experts have spent decades trying to improve the quality of life in our cities.

Now the company that owns Google has chosen the quayside area in Toronto — one of the largest underdeveloped urban spaces in North America — to start over and build a “smart city” from scratch.


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