More on Downtown St. Catharines

Ontario Green Belt in Niagara

Designating a city for urban intensification is all fine and green, but it is a waste of energy if sprawl is only limited on three sides.

The Greenbelt [.pdf] hems in St. Catharines on the east and west (the lake on the north) but there is nothing to stop developers in Niagara Falls from constructing hundreds of identical houses hidden behind enormous garages just minutes from St. Catharines.

I hope future expansion of the Greenbelt solves this discrepancy. In the long run, a healthy downtown is better for the city (and Region) than more unsustainable subdivisions out in the boonies.


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