Now is the time to reshape our cities
Jack Diamond is principal of Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. He was one of five commissioners appointed by the Ontario government to examine the governance, taxation, land use and transportation for the Greater Toronto Area, producing proposals known as the Golden report.
He likens the crisis in the auto industry to the crisis facing Toronto. But what he says applies equally here too.
If we expand the major freeway from the Vancouver- Burnaby boundary to the Langley – Abbotsford one, then we will see low density development that does not support transit. We will not see transit oriented development in areas where there is no transit. Equally, we can no longer afford to spend billions of dollars on rapid transit systems that run through established areas that remian obsitnately wedded to their current densities.
Diamond ties this to the cost for municipal government
we’re going broke – for every $1 earned in real-estate taxes in low-density areas, the city pays $1.40 to service the land.
at the top of the article but his conclusion is one that I thought I might have written
… lays the foundation for future sustainability, and therefore a globally competitive and environmentally responsible economy. If we don’t take the opportunity created by the current crisis, suburbs will be like an SUV in the next decade – unwieldy and unwanted.
And remember “suburbs” cover most of the City of Vancouver too