Food for thought...

"…Scotiabank Place, my God, it's in the middle of nowhere. It's a wasteland. It's unfair, but if you contrast that to the environment around Skydome, you get a different result. One is car-supported, the other is transit-supported.

Because cities, especially suburban areas like Kanata, have developed over the past 40, 50 years, the vast majority of people in society have never known another model. So what do they do? They commute. They drive. They have two-plus cars. They go to the mall. They drive their kids all over the bloody place. They sort of think that's normal.

It doesn't have to be. Urban life is normal. Walk, cycle, transit. I'm deliberately biased because I'm urban as hell. But really it's a question of embracing mix."

—Paul Bedford
Former chief city planner, City of Toronto
and a member of the NCC Planning Advisory Committee