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One of the lesser-known casualties of COVID-19 is a new, large-scale urban development in Toronto led by Google’s sibling company, Sidewalk Labs. Several years in the making, the “Google City”, as it is sometimes called by the media, has ultimately come to a halt because of the ongoing recession.
Public perception has, however, stymied the development’s entire lifespan with some activists labelling it an “800-acre surveillance state”.
While little talked about, the failure of this project is sad news – urban experimentation is needed today more than ever.

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