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Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat — major proponent of Rail Deck Park — resigns, surprising her own staff.

Known for steering difficult projects, such as the push to a greener city, Rail Deck Park, Crosstown LRT and the Scarborough subway, Toronto’s Chief Planner was known for standing up to politicians and pushing progressive visions. No explanation was given, and she made no comment. The official statement announced she will leave September 29, with no successor named, “to pursue other interests.”
Toronto's Chief Planner of five years resigns, effective September 29 "to pursue other interests."  She wasn't afraid to stand up to politicians and helped pushed green initiatives for Toronto.
Toronto’s Chief Planner of five years resigns, effective September 29 “to pursue other interests.” She wasn’t afraid to stand up to politicians and helped pushed green initiatives for Toronto.
Keesmaat has a large, active following on Twitter of 43,000 and has tweeted 18,000 times. In a tweet following her resignation, she optimistically states:

“My passion for cities is unabated. My belief that we can – and must – do better is stronger than ever. And Toronto? Toronto is in my soul.”

The kudos are still pouring in on Twiter from fellow planners, developers and the thousands who know Keesmaat:
  • “You are an inspiration to planners around the world. I’m one of them. Best to you and thank you for your insightful leadership.” — Mitchell Silver
  • “You have the respect and admiration of Canada’s planning profession.” — Alain Miguelez
  • Metrolinx: “We had a collaborative and successful relationship w/ @jen_kessmaat…”
  • “And this city loves you.” — Charlez
  • “#ThankYouJen for inspiring countless city builders. I’m excited to follow your next chapter!” — Anthony Smith
  • “Congrats to @jen_keesmaat on an amazing 5 years. Your presence will be missed!” —Cameron Richardson
In the official statement, Mayor John Tory, more formally stated:

“I want to personally thank Jennifer for her tremendous passion, leadership and innovation in driving forward a number of major projects for the City as we continue to move Toronto toward becoming a more livable, affordable and functional city.”

No actual reason was stated for her departure, although the official release quoted Keesmaat as saying: “I look forward to new challenges in the important business of city-building now enriched by invaluable lessons, new friends and colleagues acquired while serving the people of our great city, Toronto.”

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