The Unfortunate and Persistent Reality of Sprawl in Toronto

Sprawl is seen as an unfortunate reality in Toronto, and one that some fear it's too late to unwrite.

In this piece, Christopher Hume argues that sprawl is seen as a negative in greater Toronto, and that the concept of smart growth is one the region understands but has agreed to ignore.

"[I]ntelligent management, urban planning, Smart Growth as it's now called, are no longer seen as an option. They have so much invested in the old ways that the future has become a frightening place to be avoided at all costs.

At the same time, we have travelled so far down the road of vehicular dependence we are unable to imagine life without cars. Our addiction is so widespread and complete, it seems normal."

Thanks to ArchNewsNow

Full Story: Hume: Resisting the Call of Sprawl

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