Dear Toronto: Tackling the Gardiner would be world-class

Jeff Kenworthy is professor in sustainable cities, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is the co-author of The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning.

Toronto has a major opportunity to consolidate its global reputation as a first-class city by removing the Gardiner Expressway. The determination by the city’s current mayor to keep this piece of outdated auto-era infrastructure is troubling for the future of Toronto.

The world has entered a new era with the peaking of car use from around 2004 in most developed nations, with large increases in transit use, walking and cycling. Growth in GDP has decoupled from growth in car use, so cities can now progress both economically and in liveability with less car use. City spaces can become more attractive as people places. And the global knowledge economy likes people-intensive locations, so it’s good economics.

Read the full article in the Globe and Mail HERE.