The sunset tonight as seen from our bedroom. Downtown has its troubles but overall it’s a great place to live for city lovers (and walkers and transit riders) and the views are incredible.
The main problem is that it can be sad in its emptiness at night. You can go many, many blocks in a row at night and never cross an open street-level restaurant or a residential building. It shouldn’t be that way.
Imagine if, during the boom of the 1990s-2000s when the region built a massive amount of homes on the sprawling fringes, we’d also been building an equally massive amount of residential stuff Downtown.
If we had, by this time some of it would have aged into affordable-ness and we’d have not only a lively Downtown, but also a wealth of residential options near transit for a variety of demographics.
The choices we make with our development now will have repercussions in the future. Five years, 30 years…what kind of city do we want to be growing into?
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