Big Density Plans for Toronto

Toronto is considering a broad new plan to encourage higher density.
September 5, 2008, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Planning in Toronto is too often a catalogue of things that will never happen. The more exciting a vision, the less likely a concrete result."

"This truism could well apply to the most exciting initiative to emerge in a generation, a broad plan for a thorough rehabilitation of the city's high-rise suburbs. But in this case it won't matter: The project is so compelling, in and of itself, it has already changed the city for the better."

"The premises of the plan are wholly original yet easily graspable - and the heavily graphic "Opportunities Book" that describes them, prepared by E.R.A. and the U of T, stands out as a masterpiece in the often dreary literature of urban planning."

"Toronto's high-density, high-rise suburban neighbourhoods are unique on the continent and one of its most characteristic features, according to the report. Although brutally neglected, it says, these 'enormous pockets of inherited density' may be 'our greatest urban resource.'"

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Published on Thursday, August 28, 2008 in The Globe and Mail
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