Comment 28557

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted February 09, 2009 at 15:46:53

Rusty said: "It's not easy but if you apply at least one general principal - don't build too much of the same thing - then you can go a long way to creating a healthy mixed neighbourhood."

Well said Rusty, I was making this exact point a while back about Harry Stinson's plans for Hamilton, Toronto went to one extreme, creating islands of wealth within the city, while letting outlying neighbourhoods wither. (Its a shame those graphics from the print article aren't on the website, they do a great job of showing the change of the city over time). But we also have to be careful to not swing too far the other way because those higher income residents pay proportionally higher taxes that offset the cost of social programs to help those in need. Hopefully city council will join the rest of us in the 21st century and start changing zoning laws to encourage mixed use areas.

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