Should a Private Tech Giant Be Designing Cities?
Google’s sister company wants to build the city of the future on Toronto’s waterfront, raising concerns over privacy and the role of government.
John Buntin is a staff writer at GOVERNING. He covers health care, public safety and urban affairs. A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, he is the author of two books, "Governing States and Localities" (CQ Press) and "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City" (Harmony Books).
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