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What Do We Want? Approaching Urban Freight From a Community Lens

February 5 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr. Anne Goodchild presents “What Do We Want? Approaching Urban Freight From a Community Lens” as part of the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series.

While transportation planning has practiced community-engaged planning for many years, the practice is less well-established for freight projects. Historically freight activity was associated with industrial and commercial landuses and the impacted communities largely considered to be freight-related businesses. This oversight has for many years led to conflicts within neighborhoods proximal to significant industrial facilities. Increased freight activity in residential neighborhoods due to the use of delivery services, exacerbates and expands the scale of problems created by the exclusion of neighborhood views on freight planning activities. In this talk Dr. Goodchild will detail the historic view of the “freight community” and mechanisms for freight community engagement. She will also present community perspectives from survey results in the Seattle area. This leads to recommendations as to how we can re-envision freight planning in support of more livable, engaged, communities.

Panel Discussion to Follow

  • Moderator: Professor Matthew Roorda, Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Nazzareno (Naz) Capano, P.Eng., Manager of Operational Policy & Initiatives in Transportation Services, City of Toronto
  • Adam Thorn, Director of Transportation Program, Pembina Institute
  • Clarence Woudsma, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP, Faculty Member, University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, and Registered Professional Planner


University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 2E3 Canada


University of Toronto