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May 24, 2012


Factors not accounted for in the study above:

1) Toronto is on a lake so there are only 1/2 as many ways to get to the downtown as compared with Dallas. This also causes the land close to downtown Toronto to be more highly valued as there is less of it.

2) The rationing of land preserves our limited arable land for and preserves nature.

3) Denser communities have more life on the street, and with the right mix (much of towntown Toronto), these communities become more desirable, and therefore more valuable.

4) Denser communities also allow for more opportunities for people to walk and bike rather than drive or take public transit.


There are actually a lot of flaws with the study, Paul, and it makes me wonder what (and who's) agenda it's trying to promote. The fact that they cherry-picked Dallas as a comparative example, for instance. Why not San Francisco - San Jose? It's a similar size and a more comparable amalgam of separate cities. Why not list data for all of the similar-sized urban areas throughout the world?
It seems like the kind of study that starts with a conclusion and then sets about finding data to support it.

Sounds like Agenda 21.

Concrete shoe boxes in the sky.
No thanks.

Do you have any video of that? I'd care to find out more details.

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Joanne Shuttleworth is the newsroom lead in municipal affairs coverage for the Guelph Mercury. She is a former Guelph YWCA Woman of Distinction honouree and a past winner of an Ontario Newspapers Award for her work as an editor. You can reach her at jshuttleworth@guelphmercury.com

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