With the coverage of city hall focused on personalities and the thrust and parry of a 10-month long mayoral campaign, it is important to remember that the fuel of public discourse and government should be ideas. Ideas about how to make Toronto functional, affordable, livable and world class. Ideas can inspire us to move past the noise of politics to a place where we are focused on making this a great place to live, wrote Jamison Steeve, executive director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, in a column in The Toronto Star on July 5. It turns out there is a group of people who have never forgotten that — the citizens of Toronto. Over the past four months, nearly 900 ideas were submitted online to the Toronto Star as part of the Big Ideas project. As partners on the project, we at the Martin Prosperity Institute were energized by the scope, depth, breadth and conflict contained in those submissions. The Gardiner Expressway alone (Bury it! Fix it! Build houses on it! Pedestrianize it!) generated a myriad of ideas. When combined with submissions from the Star’s expert series, MPI’s literature review and Mass LBP’s hidden expert series, we received more than 1,000 ideas on how to make Toronto better. The city has shown itself, once again, to be a wonderful mess of contested and controversial ideas. An article on the top ideas appeared in The Star on July 5 and a second article was posted to the newspaper’s website on July 7.