Comment 52046

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted November 23, 2010 at 09:47:08

those same winding roads mean you have to walk sometimes twice as far to get to the nearest intersection

Here is that principle in stark detail:

Ancaster Meadowlands

It seems to me that if we're going to continue building suburbs we have to get away from these 70s and 80s style suburbs, and go back to designing our suburbs the way they did just after the war.

I live in a suburb that was built during the First World War, and it's a model of compact, mixed, walkable design: tall, narrow houses with porches set close to the street (many don't have driveways, and almost none have garages); streets in a grid; with parks, schools, library, and a lively commercial district all within a comfortable walk on (mostly) pleasant streets.

By the way, for those who insist beyond all reason that no one wants to live in urban neighbourhoods, my little house has appreciated 300 percent since I bought it in 2001, even taking the recession into account.

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