Advisory panel publishes scathing commentary of Sidewalk Labs’ master proposal

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Waterfront Toronto’s advisory panel has issued its official “preliminary commentary” on Sidewalk Labs’ Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) for the proposed smart city in the Quayside neighbourhood of Toronto.

“In many areas, the MIDP is not sufficiently specific about critical areas of its digital innovation proposals.”

In what appears to be scathing “first impressions” Waterfont’s Digital Strategy Advisory Panel (DSAP) was not fully sold on some of Sidewalk’s proposals announced in a four-part plan over the summer. The 99-page report noted that panelists feel the MIDP was “frustratingly abstract,” “unwieldy and repetitive,” and “overly focused on the ‘what’ rather than the ‘how.’”

“In many areas, the MIDP is not sufficiently specific about critical areas of its digital innovation proposals, and it does not provide a clear path for individuals, civic society, or small/startup businesses to participate from design, implementation, operations, and sustainability perspective,” the report stated.

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