Comment 7768

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 28, 2007 at 14:07:37

We already have perimeter highways: QEW / 403 / Linc / Red Hill (due for completion this fall).

Anything designed to move people very large distances quickly in cars is going to encourage sprawl, because it becomes possible to live farther from destinations (chiefly, jobs) than would otherwise be the case.

The 'supply' of highway capacity does this by opening up rural lands for development and hence generating 'new demand' in the form of additional traffic that ends up consuming all the available supply.

This, in turn, creates demand for yet more highway capacity, which opens up more rural land for development and generates even more demand.

Eventually you need yet another perimeter highway - e.g. the 407 around Toronto and the proposed mid-peninsula highway around Niagara/Hamilton - far outside what used to be the perimeter of the city.

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