Comment 104153

By RobF (registered) | Posted August 25, 2014 at 16:52:10

I think the crux of my argument is that even in suburban communities, if we build walkable neighbourhoods, with the current funding model, we can have walkable, neighbourhood schools.

Isn't that a tautological argument. I thought the piece was about school closures. You can build walkable neighbourhoods and still have school closures.

As an aside they designed neighbourhoods with walkable, neighbourhood schools in most postwar suburbs, at least in Metro Toronto. The problem wasn't that children couldn't walk to public school, it was that everything else was designed to be driven to.

As for Mount Pleasant Village ... this is the developer's marketing pitch. The design is basically sprawl integrated with a GO station. Look at the maps for the rest of the development ... townhomes and houses on smallish lots (30' to 38' wide ... i live on a 24' lot in the lower city), but no real mixed-use planned. It certainly won't be walkable in the sense that urbanist use the term to imply.

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