Comment 28991

By TreyS (registered) | Posted February 23, 2009 at 13:17:35

12 floors is hardly vertical urban sprawl.

Hamilton needs some more vertical density. Calling sprawl is the opposite of what it is. Building up – not out – is the future of cities. The Greenbelt mandates it. Once all the underused land is occupied to a sufficient capacity the next option is up (or down like Montreal).

Some of the best livable cities are ones that were forced dense because of geography, NYC, Hong Kong, Portland OR. And Euro cities were not exactly forced dense bc of geography but because of logistics (before trucking, cars and cheap oil).

The worst sprawl cities (most unlivable) have a very small fraction of residents living in the core. LA for eg, a city of 10 million people has a downtown population of 40,000.

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