• MennoMelange
  • Friday, March 16, 2007

    Mind If I Sprawl?

    If you're like me, you've at least heard something on the radio, or read something on the web about the compiled census results. I took a look at the federal ridings as pointed out over at kirk's blog, and saw something surprising. All of the ridings with centre in their names had below average growth (most of them had negative growth, also known as shrinkage) and the ridings with the highest growth were suburbs and exurbs like Milton, Barrie, Vaughan, Brampton and Markham/Oak Ridges (where have I heard of that before).
    Not long after I noticed that, there were radio segments and newspaper articles like this one from our local rag. It is interesting to see the quotes pulled from our local politicians. Our (new) Mayor, Brenda Halloran, sees the situation as an opportunity to be a leader, and set the standard for urban intensification. Ken Seiling is in complete denial. He thinks that since Waterloo Region hasn't changed its borders in 30 years, there is no urban sprawl going on. Never mind that the only areas that had significant growth in the past five years are on the edge of the city, and they all have low population density. Some of the regional divisions experiencing this growth have 'rural' in their names!


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