Originally Posted by Policy Wonk
Given this type of development is increasingly building out on every continent except Antarctica perhaps these hypothetical foreign ideologues might have some concerns closer to home than Panorama.
Suburbs are booming in India, Latin America and West Africa. The new bourgeoisie of the developing world isn't going to settle for Richard Florida approved neo-tennaments. They want their house, yard and car.
Yup, pretty good idea to emulate a culture that has an overweighted sense of entitlement.
Not saying you are advocating that, but I wouldn't use it as an arguement. Why wouldn't people want that? Of course they want that. Everyone wants that. It just isn't realistic, nor environmentally and especially financially sustainable.
I'm not going to go and say that around the world people are pointing fingers at Calgary in disgust, but the type of land-use and development pattern it employs is indeed frowned upon. While perhaps not an Atlanta or Houston, which very truthfully are, in the eyes of the world - at least in regards with people who are knowledgeable in this field - Calgary wouldn't exactly be a poster boy for the opposite.
What I don't understand, and we can throw all the social and environmental metrics out the window, is that in a city that is so business minded, very few seem to understand the poor land and resource utilization we implement. No company could survive like that. Space costs money within the context of a city whether it is scarce or not.
Let's call a spade a spade here. Calgary is one of the least dense large cities there is. I'm not discounting recent strides to deviate from this, but there is still a lot of work to be done. It's like step 1 of AA - a problem must be admitted first... or something like that.