Adam: Time for some innovative city-building ideas

By Mohammed Adam, Ottawa Citizen, May 10, 2018

Modern cities have become the engines of growth that are powering economic development and improving the quality of life of millions around the world. But the same cities are facing challenges that experts say require a re-think of the growth models that defined the urban form for more than half a century.

The development model that gave us low-density, automobile-centred suburban living, with its expansive freeways and highways – and no concern for the carbon footprint – is no longer financially viable or environmentally sustainable. City-building today must be as much about public health, public safety, poverty alleviation and a greener environment as they are with buildings, roads, sewers and other physical infrastructure.

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