Comment 71686

By Malvina (anonymous) | Posted November 29, 2011 at 13:02:02 in reply to Comment 71669

My point was not proximity to downtown. It was downtown. Downtown languishes in part because its default population is transient. SFHs do exist downtown, but they are the exception and not the rule. And that matters. Statistics laid out on this very blog suggest that the lower city is slowly draining of people while every other area of the city is seeing growth, in some cases remarkable growth. And it's possibly because the movement of families is more demographically impactful than that of single people.

Westdale (which some will argue is the city's original sprawl suburb) is as far from downtown as Binbrook's Fairgrounds community is from Meadowlands East. And it sounds somewhat similar in some ways (eg. "19 acre community park with woodlot & trails / Brand new public elementary school opening early 2012"),and if you look at the Site Plan behind that ink, it's not that dissimilar from Westdale's eastern neighbourhoods. So maybe it is the model of planning for the future. There's just disagreement on which commercial core consumers endorse.

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