Originally Posted by MonkeyRonin
If there's anything I've learned from this thread its that Canadians seem to struggle with the concept of percentages.
Oh well, at least I can take solace in the fact that Tokyo is still more suburban than us...I mean, they've got 27 million suburbanites after all, right?
Well here's another way to look at it:
From Milton to Bowmanville, we pretty much have continous sprawl - disjointed sprawl to contiguous sprawl to some density pockets surrounded by SFH back to contiguous sprawl and then more disjointed sprawl. Some blocks are still open, but that pretty much is the GTA sprawl corridor along the 401. This runs for a distance of over 110 kms. Which is greater than the distance from Calgary to Canmore for those familar with that drive.
I still remember when Wonderland was first built - you had to drive for about 15 minutes through farmland to get there - we all thought it was out in the middle of nowhere! Yet now it is in a sea of urbanity! No sprawl there, just lovely dense form.
Back to the OP; without specific criteria, it's not possible to classify what is worst so it's only personal opinion (or grudge). Both Doug and Wooster brought up some good points. In the end though, just about all the post 1950 built form in the country looks pretty much the same (just less colourful in Kanata). Yes we have seen changes in the past 10 years, but really, are we likely to see something like the Plateau built anytime soon? (Sorry NYCC, MCC, etc will never be like the Plateau)
In the end, from Gaia's perspective, it all sucks.