How to slow down the migration to exurbia

21Feb12

SPRAWL REVISITED, PART 3

The urban sprawl series concludes with possible solutions that government policy makers and urban planners could explore to put a lid on the uncontrolled low-density migration of people and cars to the exurbs.

One idea is nodal development where existing small communities are enlarged so they become self-contained cities that offer a wide variety of housing options for a cross-section of the demographic and facilites that are within walking distance.

For a detailed look at this graphic, please click here for a PDF.

The second option would be urban intensification —  squeezing one million more people into Toronto’s core. This could be done by developing abandoned industrial areas downtown, such as docklands or railway lands, and by further reinforcing the well established advantages of city living — all types of housing for all types of people, proximity to downtown jobs, the convenience of public transport, and the proximity of shops, restaurants, entertainment and parks.

Graphic by Alfred Elicierto. Published in the Toronto Star in 1999.

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