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Old Posted Jul 13, 2017, 7:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Doady View Post
I look at Surrey on the map and I see cul-de-sacs everywhere, no grid. Mississauga has very few cul-de-sacs. But otherwise, I don't see any difference fundamental difference in their planning. Looking at satellite image, I see the same TOD features in Surrey that Mississauga has, but noticeably fewer high rises. Concession roads in Surrey closer together, so they didn't need to build new corridors like Mississauga did (Bristol Rd., Glen Erin Dr., Courtneypark Dr., Mavis Rd., etc.).

That's Mississauga Valleys, not Mississauga City Centre. Mississauga Valleys is a subdivision from the 70s. Mississauga's downtown at the time was Cooksville; MCC was not even a concept yet.

In 1982, Mississauga City Centre and the surrounding area was mostly farmland. There were 4 office buildings built in what is now MCC in the 50s and 60s, the mall was built in the 70s, but everything else was built in the late 80s onward. MCC is all greenfield development, and there are still greenfields. That's why I say walkability of Metrotown is more comparable to a place like Port Credit, or Cooksville (the original downtown of Mississauga), or North York City Centre.

Mississauga City Centre skyline in 2007:

I don't want to diminish how impressive Metrotown is, but keep in mind the difference in history and context when comparing it to MCC.
We're in 2017. Few people would distinguish the Valley from MCC if these first residential towers weren't planned in tandem with the city centre (I don't know but, I doubt you) There's also no office buildings from the 1950s in MCC. Square One, Mississauga's first City Hall and one of the office towers were complete in the early 1970s beside the first residential towers in the valley . More were added throughout the rest of the 1970s.

Metrotown started building tower around the same time. It's more recent history and high rise form has mirrored Mississauga City Centre for the past 40 years.
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