Welcome to Smart Growth in Ontario
is nothing less than a radical shift in how we approach urban
It is only
radical because much of the status quo is so abysmally poor.
For much of the past half century we have been creating
car-dependent sprawl environments and sacrificing community values for large homes and
changing. Rising oil costs alone will necessitate a
completely different style of urban form. But the change
is also being driven by public desire to live in accessible and
is a return to urban villages.
We define an urban village as "a place that has
almost everything you need on a daily basis and you can walk to
get there". A village includes a
centre for local stores, services and restaurants; schools, daycare and
healthcare; and formal and informal recreation areas. It
has the density to support all these services within a walkable
http://www.crescent-village.com/ in Eugene, Oregon
Village design can be applied to city
neighbourhoods, town centres, bedroom communities and rural
villages. It can also be applied to new greenfield
developments, neighbourhood revitalization projects, and
it can help guide intensification projects.
Essentially it can be
applied in any area where there are pressures for urban
growth and increased density.
projects and activities, the members of the Ontario Smart
Growth Network are helping to change the dominant form of urban
development in Ontario from urban sprawl to urban villages.