Parks Vs. Density

In Toronto, a developer is balking at the zoning that would force him to build a podium-style building out to the sidewalk, and wants to build a park with a tower instead. Can open space and density coexist?

Ryan Donahue at The Trust for Public Land looks at the case of developer Brad Lamb in Toronto and other cases where proposals for urban parks and plazas clash with cities' desire to encourage a dense street fabric.

Donahue writes:

"With more people yearning to move into cities, it is critical to ensure that densification and parks are mutually reinforcing. And in the end, there is no reason why they should not be: people in dense areas need nearby parks for health and relaxation, and parks benefit from a lively atmosphere that comes from being close to homes, shops, transit and workplaces."

Full Story: Of Parks, Podiums and Penumbras: How Density Changes Development

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