Two major facts distinguish Toronto from many of its municipal cousins south of the border: (1) the urban core was never hollowed out, and (2) its suburbs began embracing high-density apartment towers as early as the 1950s. In the last decade, a strong regional policy framework has controlled sprawl and required major transit investments to be connected to intensified land use, leading to “highly urban suburban” development patterns. This tour will explore suburban growth centers and corridors in places like Mississauga, Markham, and Vaughan, showcasing the development patterns that have enabled Toronto to become the fastest-growing metro area in North America (and growing faster than any city in Europe) within a footprint half the size of Chicago’s despite its comparable population.
Tour Cost: US$125 per person, which includes lunch.
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