Originally Posted by haligonia
Unsustainable? What does that even mean? It is rapidly becoming the most overused term in urban circles. A building like this with a C-store, a dry cleaner and a women's gym in the ground level doesn't make anything more "sustainable".
Love it Keith, you tell it like it is most of the time.
Nothing is "sustainable", things are more or less "unsustainable" but really we are splitting hairs here when it comes to talking about actual development or consumer behavior.
I think this word is getting thrown around wayyy too much. For example, I'm in favour of biking for sure and urban design that is effective (unlike the stupid painted lines next to highways in Halifax)... but is it sustainable per se?
They still have to mine metal, go through a manufacturing process (likely in a third world country with much more relaxed environmental laws), then it has to be shipped to market where it is purchased by the end user. More innovations that could have "sustainable" outcomes come from the automotive industry.