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Updated: Nov 14, 2023

Episode 19: Patterns of Development podcast show notes

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Montreal Case Study

With the addition of duplexes and triplexs as infill development, moving parking off the street front, and converting it to protected bike lanes they’ve created more options for transportation in this particular community and they’ve added stealth density.

A strategy we see time and time again when looking to revitalize an area.

Offer infrastructure for multiple transportation options, add density and consider how to slow down the experience velocity of the area so that people aren’t just going through it.

“This neighborhood used to be nearly all detached housing some 40 years ago. Today, it’s more than 50% duplexes/triples/townhouses.

Adding some density to existing shopping centres, making the street safer (bike lanes), building new buildings closer to the street, etc. It’s better to go at it bit by bit and strive for incremental improvements. Organic change is best, with the proper zoning and incentives of course.”

How Do We Fix American Cities And It’s Sprawl?

Someone posted this question on Reddit, and user name Xratedcheese responded with some wisdom. I’m just going to quote it directly. It’s awesome:

“If you want actual progress and not a lot of fruitless effort, don’t present the town with your big plans for a new monorail.

Identify your goals and figure out what’s preventing your town from reaching those goals. Don’t assume everyone shares your goals; a lot of people probably like things just the way they are.

Identify why you have your goals and why other good, rational, intelligent people don’t share your goals. Identify how your proposed changes could harm other people. You might have to reevaluate your goals and look for compromises that work for everyone.

Look for multiple small…

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