Advisory panel raises concerns about Sidewalk Labs’ plans for Quayside

Advisory panel raises concerns about Sidewalk Labs’ plans for Quayside
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TORONTO — An advisory panel has raised concerns about Sidewalk Labs’ plans for the Quayside development on Toronto’s waterfront.

Preliminary commentary from Waterfront Toronto’s digital advisory panel says the plan from Google’s sister company Sidewalk is “frustratingly abstract” and that some of the innovations proposed were “irrelevant or unnecessary.”

Some on the 15-member panel, an arm’s-length body that gives expert advice to Waterfront Toronto, have also found the scope of the proposal to be unclear or “concerning.”

The report says that some members also felt the official Sidewalk plan did not appear to put the citizen at the centre of the design process for digital innovations.

The panel’s early report is not official commentary from Waterfront Toronto, the multi-government body that is overseeing the Quayside development, but is meant to indicate areas that needs improvement.

Sidewalk Labs spokeswoman Keerthana Rang said the company appreciates the feedback and already intends to release more details in October on the digital innovations it hopes to implement at Quayside.

The Canadian Press

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