Fields Of Prayer: Religious Groups Contribute To Sprawl

Religious groups are building places of worship in rural land first and then developing subdivisions around them.
May 21, 2003, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"On the edges of Toronto's ever-sprawling borders, religious groups are turning rural land into fields of prayer, selling home developers and builders on the idea that if they build it, the congregations will come...Instead of waiting for places of worship to grow out of the community, they are building churches, mosques and temples first, and then selling blueprints of adjacent new subdivisions to eager home buyers keen on the idea of new communities with a built-in spiritual centre."

Thanks to Grigorii Boyko-Vekin

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Published on Friday, May 16, 2003 in The Globe and Mail
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