All-Ages Design in Toronto

Designing cities for all age groups means designing places where everyone from kids to seniors can feel safe walking, according to this column. Groups in Toronto are calling on mayoral candidates to get behind that idea.
August 13, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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The Toronto Star's Royson James argues that the city needs to take age into account when making its design decisions.

"In a superbly integrated city where older residents feel very comfortable navigating all the services and relations needed for full citizenship, transit assumes less importance; and walking a lot more.

That's because transit is so often built on the premise of quick travel across distance - the commute - to access jobs and services. Walking suggests ultimate accessibility.

The Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP) wants us to re-image the city, to look at it through a different set of lenses, see it from a perspective that is "mindful" of older citizens. It's a view that promises to help everyone."

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Published on Monday, August 9, 2010 in The Toronto Star
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