From 'car-dependent hellscapes' to green cities, Canadians find new ways to fight climate change

As COP27 was coming to an end, the Ontario government was planning new highways and suburbs on its precious green belt. Critics call it a path to economic ruin. With immigration swelling the country's population, cities are now being nudged to follow Europe's lead, and some are listening, if just...

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TorontoBoris
TorontoBoris
291 · 16 days ago · Reddit

First off, love the headline. Let's normalize the phrase "car-dependent hellscape" when discussing most of our suburban sprawl we call cities

crackhousebob
crackhousebob
137 · 16 days ago · Reddit

I grew up in Brampton. A car-dependent hellscape if ever there was one. Couldn't go anywhere without a car. School was a 40 minute walk, nearest convenience store a 20 minute walk. Even nearest bus stop was 15-20 minute walk. Not a big deal in warmer weather but winter made us prisoners in our own home if parents weren't around to drive.

manyproblems
manyproblems
80 · 16 days ago · Reddit

We need walkable neighbourhoods, not just better public transit. I want to be able to feel safe walking down the street and not be worried about cars flying by. Not only is it dangerous, it’s simply unpleasant.

Ever since they put in the bike lanes on the Danforth, walking had felt a bit safer because of the physical barrier between the sidewalk and the street.

Imagine neighbourhoods in Scarborough or Etobicoke that were built like this. Not only would it be more accessible for the people who live in those communities, but it would be more of a destination for people from other areas of the city to visit.

lichking786
lichking786
76 · 16 days ago · Reddit

if there are any news writers here. I will click on every news article if its talking about car-dependency,suburban hell and poor urban design. We need to put pressure on this boomer ideology of car dependent cities.

clyne0
clyne0
63 · 16 days ago · Reddit

It's awesome that CBC is covering this. I've been hooked on Not Just Bikes videos for awhile now, though learning more about good city design and suburbia's shortfalls makes me more aggrivated as I see that I'm stuck in it.

_jefe_jefe_
_jefe_jefe_
44 · 16 days ago · Reddit

For the record, waterloo still is a car-dependant hellscape, but also has an LRT.

telephonekeyboard
telephonekeyboard
34 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Flying out of Toronto is so weird. I walk to the UP, pass some coffee shops and some bustling streets and parks along the way. Thinking this is a great city, then I take off, look out the window and its just endless sprawl and jammed highways outside of the city. I feel kind of sad, but I also feel fortunate that I don't live out there.

WifeGuyMenelaus
WifeGuyMenelaus
30 · 16 days ago · Reddit

This article is being as well received as a cancer diagnosis on rCanada which isn't expected given the single digit IQ of the regular crowd there but the perennial theme from people that shit themselves in indignation at the idea of good urban planning is that there is an imaginary conspiracy to force them at gun point to live in a sardine can. At that point its probably more productive just to throw bricks at them because human reason or any sembelence of thinking beyond oneself seems like a tall order. Thats what happens when you have to pretend to be in favour of freedom while taking the most controlling and anti-freedom position possible, cognitive dissonance brings you down.

UserbasedCriticism
UserbasedCriticism
16 · 16 days ago · Reddit

"Fighting climate change"

All while our premier opens up Greenfield sites in the greenbelt and building a new highway destroying even more forest and protected areas.

Don't forget the thousands of cars going down the 401 too.

akwsd89
akwsd89
14 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Better start electing engineers.

Edit: Apparently there are many people don't understand what is engineering. book you should read.

helpwitheating
helpwitheating
12 · 16 days ago · Reddit

This is hilarious, because Ontario is headed in the opposite direction of this

Population growth to the country with the #2 emissions per person is making climate change worse and it's the reason our emissions are skyrocketing

JuiceGirl416
JuiceGirl416
10 · 16 days ago · Reddit

We need more transit and better transit in the GTA. People are going to travel the most convenient way. They should make trains the go-to option instead of driving.

teastain
teastain
5 · 16 days ago · Reddit

I see them widening the 401 from the airport to Milton.

Oh, boy, more lanes, let’s always take 401, let’s buy in Milton and commute.

Und so weiter.

SirZapdos
SirZapdos
5 · 16 days ago · Reddit

We object to the term "car-dependent hellscape" when you could have said "vehicle-supported heckscape."

plannerbear
plannerbear
5 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Not the biggest fan of Not Just Bikes, but love how it seems like he's creating a critical mass in favour of more progressive urbanism for the general public.

BlackerOps
BlackerOps
5 · 16 days ago · Reddit

I'm not convinced we are better off now. We are being forced to live in smaller and smaller spaces with less social connection.

all_way_stop
all_way_stop
5 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Being forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy, maintain and operate a vehicle that you forced to register, insure, and forced to fill up every 500km or so using identifiable credit cards is somehow an expression of freedom and an ability to travel anonymously.

I get, the car is convenient (because we've built our cities to be so) but if your defense of car dependency is "freedom and anonymity" --- it's irony.

imaginary48
imaginary48
5 · 16 days ago · Reddit

After living in Montreal for a few months and travelling around Europe I can confidently say how horrible urban sprawl is compared to walkable communities. Just about everything you do in life is better with mixed use walkable cities from going out to bars, getting groceries, going to see friends, finding cute cafes and shops. Not to mention how much better the cities look and feel rather than just stroads and empty parking lots.

YeHeyo
YeHeyo
5 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Richest society in history and we have parking lots to show for it.