Unmaking the Problem of Suburbia

Though there is some resistance to change, many cities in North America have their sights on undoing the damage of the last 50 years of suburban development.

"Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, indeed all of North America, will have to spend the next 50 years dealing with the problems created during the last 50 years."

"The process will be excruciatingly difficult, but failure is not an option. Every day it becomes clearer and clearer that the suburban model so beloved by Americans and Canadians doesn't work. In fact, the need for change has reached a critical moment, a point of no return."

"Still, there's enormous pressure to keep our collective head buried in the sand and continue pretending that everything's okay. So many have so much invested in suburbia and all it entails, there are good reasons to wonder whether we can rise to the challenge."

"But there's no shortage of plans; from Mississauga to Markham, suburban cities are trying to change their way, smarten up and grow intelligently."

Full Story: A planning headache, 50 years in the making


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