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ALLOWING ‘GENTLE DENSITY’ IS THE WAY TO BUILD MORE HOMES AND LOWER PRICES

BY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD

Feb. 14, 2022

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August 16, 2016

"Missing Middle Housing provides a critical middle solution: affordable-by-design workforce housing that helps meet the demand for walkable neighborhood living."

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WE USED AI TO MEASURE CANADA’S URBAN SPRAWL

BY NAËL SHIAB AND ISABELLE BOUCHARD

March 7, 2022

"To combat climate change, cities need to control their urban sprawl and intensify population density. However, in the past two decades, the urbanized areas of major Canadian centres have grown by 34 per cent and their population density has fallen by six per cent."

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FEBRUARY 21, 2021

"The Ford government, through a rapid fire series of decisions and legislation, has successfully rewritten the rules for municipal planning in a manner that is very favourable to developers and very unfavourable to municipalities trying to build healthy, complete communities and address climate change. "

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WE CANNOT SPRAWL OUR WAY TO HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

BY DAVID CROMBIE & ANNE GOLDEN

Tue., Jan. 18, 2022

"Building within our existing cities will save us all money, while also revitalizing the local economy and community design. Sewers, water pipes, roads and schools are all cheaper to build and maintain when more people live in a neighbourhood. Public transit that is frequent and close-by becomes possible and people can choose to walk to a store, restaurant or work instead of being forced to use a car."

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16 Dec 2021

From compact homes to parking to porches, an urban design gift for each of the 12 days of Christmas.

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4 Mar 2020

"Ending sprawl is a tough conversation, which is why we seem to be putting it off. It challenges a lot of entrenched interests and requires a new vision of what a home looks like, as well as a new vision of what development jobs can be.
But we really have no choice if we want our kids to have a fighting chance at a livable future."

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Updated October 11, 2018

"Suburban households drive about three times more than households close to the city centre. All that extra driving has a big impact on household budgets, family stress, and personal health. Extra car ownership and fuel cancel out much of the household budget savings from lower home prices, bringing the real cost of a suburban house closer to the sticker price of an urban residence."