Sex and the suburbs
From the construction of the first bungalow in Don Mills, Ont. in 1953, the debate went one way or the other. Perfectly planned communities were idyllic for some and unliveable for others. Since then, skeptics have weighed in on suburbia's cookie-cutter qualities — strip malls, two-car garages and endless doughnut shops. Nevertheless, Canadian suburbs continue to grow faster than cities, and now even musicians have claimed them a hub of artistic creativity.
. In 1999, Maclean's reported that people living in suburban communities on the outskirts of big cities were healthier than people living in cities. The data, from Statistics Canada, was collected over three years.
. Another study reported that people living on the outskirts of cities used more resources than their big-city counterparts. In 2004 the study by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities said the average resident of York Region in Southern Ontario used 43 per cent more resources, such as fuel and water.
. Other Ontario regions guilty of overuse were: Halton, Peel and Waterloo.
. The 2001 Census reported that the population in the suburbs was aging more rapidly than in the cities. The shift was attributed to the children of immigrant suburban families moving to Canadian urban centres.
. In recent years, Dollard-des-Ormeaux's social development has been focused on a new community centre, an amphitheatre and an arts centre.
Program: Take 60
Broadcast Date: Jan. 10, 1974
Guest(s): Eve St. Pierre
Host: Adrienne Clarkson, Paul Soles
Last updated: February 20, 2013
Page consulted on December 5, 2013
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