Infrastructure deficit, housing shortages, quality of public space are reoccurring challenges in the Greater Toronto Area. Yet, we have failed to identify a long term solution. Innovation plays a crucial role in shaping the future of cities. While it is often the people closest to the issue that have the best solutions, these individuals are frequently left out of conversations. This is about to change, The Toronto Star, Martin Prosperity Institute and Evergreen CityWorks are asking residents to submit their ideas on how to make the region a better place. 2014 is the Year of the Idea- a collaborative project rooted in self-improvement and action for change. For more about the project and how you participate click here.