Adam: Why high-density living isn't the answer to urban sprawl

By Mohammed Adam, Ottawa Citizen, May 17, 2018

The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in condo towers in Ottawa as the city made urban high-rise development a key element of its vision for sustainable planning.

The idea is that high-rise intensification ensures the kind of high density cities need to build more compact, sustainable, livable communities. As urban centres become denser and denser, with more people living in smaller spaces, the thinking goes, the less pressure there is to sprawl. Ottawa has certainly taken the idea to heart, and now 20-, 30-, 40-storey behemoths are rising into the sky.

The LeBreton Flats area is on its way to becoming a skyscraper city all its own.

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