Authorization

Activists say Alphabeta??s planned neighborhood in Toronto shows all the warning signs of Amazon HQ2-style breakup

Activists say Alphabeta??s planned neighborhood in Toronto shows all the warning signs of Amazon HQ2-style breakup
Sidewalk Toronto



Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company, Alphabet, plans to build a high-tech neighborhood along Toronto's Eastern Waterfront.




Local residents concerned about the company's plan to collect data in public spaces have waged an opposition campaign called Block Sidewalk, which is calling for an end to the project.




The backlash is reminiscent of protests over Google's planned campus in Berlin and Amazon's proposed headquarters in New York City — both of which were abandoned before construction had even begun.




The fate of these projects could provide a window into Alphabet's future in Toronto.




Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.



Technology companies were once heralded as the world's greatest problem-solvers — the answer to our desire to move faster, design quicker, and communicate more often. Today, they're blamed for all manner of ills, from skyrocketing rents to privacy violations to income inequality.
Before this deep distrust began to bubble up in our culture, it would have been hard to imagine any city saying no to a development led by tech giants such as Amazon or Google. But that's exactly what's happening in cities like Berlin, New York City, and Toronto, where citizens have begun to challenge the role of tech companies as city-builders.
In October 2018, Google cancelled plans to build a 32,000-square-foot campus in Kreuzberg, Berlin, amid activists' fears that the campus would drive up rents and push low-income residents out of their neighborhoods.
See also:
Leave a comment
News
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Апрель 2019    »
ПнВтСрЧтПтСбВс
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930