Cities Alive: Community By Design Launch

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Community By Design is the newest episode of the Cities Alive podcast, out now on iTunes and available to stream on our website!

While buzz words like “high density” and “mixed use” are standard in planning conversations, it is not always clear how to put these ideas into practice. Planners and city staff from all over Ontario are taking risks and experimenting with new design ideas to transform our cities. They are embracing the culture of “learning by doing” to test their ideas in the real world.

We share stories from cities like Goderich and Brampton. Goderich was ravaged by a tornado in August 2011 and was then faced with the task of rebuilding their city. The people of Goderich pushed themselves to develop innovative solutions for creating a better, more resilient community, instead of building what they had before. The City of Brampton embraced transit as the basis for the redesign of the Mount Pleasant community. They have discovered that having good design ideas in place does not always amount to success from the beginning and have struggled to balance new development with the provision of amenities in order to attract new residents.

Tune in to find how these cities are revamping their communities by pushing the boundaries and challenging what is to have “good design”!

This episode brought to you in partnership with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

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Big thanks to Heather Ross, Alisha Anderson, Larry McCabe, Chip Wilson, Susan Armstrong, Susanna Reid, Rob Voigt, Jill Grant, and Alex Teranu for lending their voices and their stories.

Featuring music by Kawajabear and Gorillaz.