Chris Bateman

Chris Bateman is a freelance writer in Toronto.

People ice skating underneath an urban expressway.

In Toronto, a Likable Space Arrives Underneath a Loathed Expressway

The Bentway only opened last January but hasn’t had trouble drawing people to a previously overlooked spot beneath the Gardiner.

How Toronto Turned an Airport Rail Failure Into a Commuter Asset

The Union Pearson Express launched with expensive rides and low ridership. Now, with fares slashed in half and a light rail connection in the works, it’s a legitimate transit alternative for workers.

York Station

The Ambitious Design and Low Density of Toronto's Newest Subway Stations

Despite its shortcomings, the scope of the 5.3-mile Spadina line addition is significant.

Margaret Atwood standing on a stage.

Margaret Atwood Is Mad Online About a Condo Building

Tensions in Toronto always run high when it comes to housing, and Atwood was involved in several passionate online exchanges last week over the motives behind her opposition to a project and the precedent she and her neighbors were setting.

Fixing Toronto's Worst Streetcar Commute

Connecting a number of rapidly densifying neighborhoods, the 504 King will finally get priority over cars along a central portion of its journey thanks to a one-year, $1.5 million pilot study starting this fall.

Toronto's Questionable Plan to Add a Single Subway Stop

The politics behind why a fully-funded light rail line is being rejected in favor of a limited and more expensive one.