Sprawl: Obvious Problems but Veiled Solutions

By Ben Bull
Published March 15, 2007

The Toronto Star has been running a series of excellent urban sprawl articles this week. It may be comforting for sprawl-weary Hamiltonians to learn that just about every other municipality in the GTA also appears to be doing its best to ignore the recently enacted Places To Grow legislation.

A letter in today's paper ('Paradise Lost in Milton')highlights the less than prosperous future of one of Ontario's fastest growing communities.

"While Milton's leadership may be gloating about having the fastest rate of population growth in the GTA, there is nothing to cheer about when it comes to the town's development policies," writes John Stillich, General Manager of the Sustainable Urban Development Association, based in Mississauga.

Stillich goes on to forecast the uncertain future that awaits this once quaint little town:

In this fast-emerging era of global energy constraint, loss of rural lands, environmental damage due to suburban lifestyles and growing traffic, Milton has been heading in a direction that will worsen all of these problems for its citizens and for the region as a whole.

The problems caused by sprawl are all too easy to predict. The real difficulty lies in creating a workable solution.

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.

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By Connie (registered) | Posted March 17, 2007 at 03:37:07

Perhaps we need a new way to look at growth: Quality (sustainability) instead of raw numbers.

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