New Urbanism in Toronto Term Paper by Master Researcher

New Urbanism in Toronto
A look at the effect of new urbanism on Toronto's demographics.
# 38811 | 2,400 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The paper presents an analysis of new urbanism with special reference to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The paper examines the dominant form of urban (or suburban) development that prevailed in the decades after 1950 and then assesses the principles of new urbanism and its positive benefits. The final section analyzes the impacts, and potential future impacts, of new urbanism on the GTA and southern Ontario.

New Urbanism
New Urbanism and Urban Improvement

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"After World War II urban development and planning underwent a significant shift in North America. This was a result of the popularity of the automobile or car. The automobile made commuting to work from a home a possibility for North Americans. This, in turn, made the development of suburbs a possibility. Families were able to move to the fringe of the urban area--the suburbs--and enjoy a lifestyle that was semi-urban and semi-rural--a change from city life. This pattern of development--suburbanization and commuting--was the predominant pattern of development in North American cities after 1945. It was a pattern of physical expansion and building out, in a geographical sense.
"It gave birth to the term 'urban sprawl', a broader, and more critical view of suburbanization. Suburbanization is low-density development, emphasizing single-family dwellings and large lots. They also require large numbers of expressways, and malls and their parking lots consume land. All of this development 'sprawls' across the environment consuming land and increasing automobile use.
"Suburban development consumes valuable agricultural land and greenspace. It also presents a serious problem in terms of traffic and transportation. Commuters tend to travel at the same time of day: Into work in the city in the morning and home to the suburbs in the afternoon. Roadways into and out of urban areas are congested and slow moving during the periods of peak use known as 'rush hour'. This has given rise to the phenomenon of congestion or 'stop and go' traffic."

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