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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs Gets Over One Hurdle in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs’ grand plans in Toronto will live to see another day.

Alphabet’s city planning subsidiary is set to get the green light to continue preparing to develop 12 acres of Toronto’s waterfront, according to the Canadian tech news site The Logic.

The tentative agreement represents one step forward, one step back for Sidewalk, which has endured two years of growing tensions over a tech giant’s role in city planning, data collection and economic development. The New York-based firm will not be granted authority yet to plan a 190-acre piece of land that it said it needed to properly test the technology it wants to deploy, including underground garbage disposal and heated bike lanes. 

Like many large development projects, this will continue to be a slog for Sidewalk, particularly in an age of skepticism over the role of big tech companies in cities. Sidewalk and one of Toronto’s public agencies has until next spring to hammer out a full development plan or sign another extension, according to The Logic. 

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