Census Canada 2011: City hall take note, you can’t fight suburbia | News | National Post

…Meanwhile, the National Post has gleaned a very different story from the census:

This continued growth comes despite what Mr. Cox calls “anti-suburban policies” that outlaw development on large swaths of land, creating scarcity and increasing housing prices. He believes governments should build more highways instead of trying to get the public riding mass transit. More highways, he argues, will cut down on traffic congestion, which leads to air pollution and less productive cities as workers spend more time on the road.

“You start drawing down a line around cities like they’re doing in Toronto and like they’ve done in Vancouver, you drive housing prices through the roof, young people won’t be able to afford houses…[As well, all the] data indicate the more dense you make a city, the higher you make the traffic congestion.

via Census Canada 2011: City hall take note, you can’t fight suburbia | News | National Post.

The emphasis is mine. Thoughts?

Gateway Program highway expansion: looking westbound on Highway 1, just before the Port Mann Bridge

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One response to “Census Canada 2011: City hall take note, you can’t fight suburbia | News | National Post

  1. It’s a failure of planning and government responsibility that we have constructed suburbs that cannot be efficiently serviced by either highways or rapid transit. It would be a waste of billions of dollars to build the sort of road infrastructure that unrestricted suburban growth requires because the suburbs would just get less and less dense until we are maintaining a massive road infrastructure to sustain an urban form that isn’t even a city anymore; it would wipe out all the economic benefits of agglomeration, which is the main reason we even bother to have cities.

    Impose a growth boundary, invest in transit and affordable housing, and change regulations to make infill development as easy as greenfield sprawl. Boom! Planning solved. 🙂

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