Comment 66067

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 12, 2011 at 15:00:23

If we're going to speak of sprawl development links to council, Ferguson is going to have to come up. After all, his companies (especially Dufferin) made a mint building the RHVP. Why would "they" be more interested in roads than rail? Because a very prominent member owns a paving company.

Think about the consequences of even a fraction of the "promises" of LRT coming true. It isn't just an issue of a road versus a rail line. If people did start giving up cars in favour of urban living and public transit, the market for suburban development would begin to shrink - and that involves building entire road networks, as well as countless homes and businesses from the ground up. There's hundreds of millions of dollars on the line here, and the people who stand to rake it in didn't get where they are by ignoring trends.

It's no secret that a very large amount of the appeal of suburban life has to do with status symbols and anti-urban prejudices. If these began to fade, what would happen to the suburb-building industry?

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