Originally Posted by lrt's friend
Ben Franklin admitted that starting Barrhaven outside the Greenbelt was a mistake. Suburban sprawl especially outside the Greenbelt, and the beginning of big box malls (old Shopper's City and Towers) all began because suburban municipalities (and especially their politicians) were competing with Ottawa to build their own kingdoms. A return to this and we are talking about turning the clock back to before the Regional Municipality in 1969 will result in a planning disaster, and could bankrupt Ottawa while neighbouring suburbs are rolling in cash. Look at Detroit and its affluent suburbs.
Very good point. I think there are a lot of benefits to uni-city model. It makes it much easier to plan on a metropolitan scale. A regional municipality would probably work okay as well. It's doing pretty good for KWC, even though it's not perfect. The municipalities do compete against each other, but at least things of metropolitan importance are overlooked by the Region (such as education, transit, etc.). I think where you'd really have a problem is if the suburbs were both separate municipalities and separate regional municipalities, like the current Toronto model. In fact, I'm surprised that Miketoronto hasn't already posted his "the suburbs will steal your jobs" lecture already