Sunday, June 25, 2006
Why can't U.S. cities be more like European ones? That's what many Americans ask when they visit the dense, efficient, and well-maintained cities of western Europe. Even in Canada, Vancouver vigorously encourages dense development and Montreal seems more like Lyon than Chicago. But here's a dissent from the Montreal Gazatte, arguing that Canadian anti-suburban laws have slowed economic growth and raised housing prices; what is helping Montreal today, the author claims, is suburbanization.