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Jennifer Keesmaat

@jen_keesmaat

President and CEO, Collecdev-Markee Developments. Former Chief Planner, Toronto. Distinguished Visitor in Planning Emeritus, University of Toronto. Optimist.

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Many mid-sized cities are terrible to get around since they do not have density or mobility choices.

Many large cities are brilliant to get around - think Shanghai which has a population of 26 million, exceptional transit, and where 40% of trips are on transit - because they twitter.com/williamburtch/…

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Car-centrism is clearly part of the road safety crisis — but it’s about culture more than geography. So committed are Americans to their cars that 63% of people choose to drive for trips of less than a mile.

Why? City and street design drive choices - if you assess where people

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Building more housing slows rent growth.

Yes, building *any* form of housing - rental and ownership - slows rent growth.

Think about it - when you build more housing for people to buy they move out of rental housing into their newly owned home…thereby creating more…

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Lots of these stories post-Covid. This city has a way of getting in your DNA, whether you want it to or not.

“I left Toronto to live in a small town and missed it terribly. Now I’m back for good.” torontolife.com/real-estate/ke…

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I’ve moved a lot since having kids. The BEST living situation for the kids was when we were in an “8-plex”. We knew all our neighbours, saw them daily, shared pet-sitting, baby-sitting, & grocery shopping. So, so much more family friendly than the SFHs we’ve lived in.

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'Densification, fourplexes-as-of-right, infill and high-rises near transit hubs all conspire to ensure Canadians have fewer and fewer babies.'

.The Globe and Mail the 1950's called and they would like their thinking back.

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Data showing our housing market is just as screwed up as it seems on the surface.

(I hope my young adult kid does not see this - it will really depress her.)

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Data showing our housing market is just as screwed up as it seems on the surface.

(I hope my young adult kid does not see this - it will really depress her.)

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We tax housing construction like we tax cigarettes, and we wonder why we’re getting less of it.

Governments can fix this.

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We tax housing construction like we tax cigarettes, and we wonder why we’re getting less of it.

Governments can fix this.

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This is true. It makes the point - arterials should be for commuters and neighbourhood streets should be for local activities. Especially as we allow more density in neighborhoods - these streets are better used for walking and hockey and basketball than through traffic.

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School streets would be a major change but remarkably easy to implement. We just need to block off access for vehicles in front of schools during drop off and pick up - to create a safe space.

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School Streets - car free spaces in front of schools at the beginning and the end of the school day to ensure safe spaces for kids.

Today, traffic danger means principals spend their mornings and afternoons managing traffic. It’s madness.

School streets are a quick,

School Streets - car free spaces in front of schools at the beginning and the end of the school day to ensure safe spaces for kids. Today, traffic danger means principals spend their mornings and afternoons managing traffic. It’s madness. School streets are a quick,
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As a developer, let me say this: I fully support the first bullet in the Public Land for Homes plan. When governments lease land for development, instead of selling it, they keep that land in the public trust and they can deliver homes more affordably. We currently have a deal…

As a developer, let me say this: I fully support the first bullet in the Public Land for Homes plan. When governments lease land for development, instead of selling it, they keep that land in the public trust and they can deliver homes more affordably. We currently have a deal…
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I was asked by UrbanToronto how we can accelerate sustainability through smarter urban planning.

I had a few things to say about density and our streets, including the need for the design of our streets to match the intensity of the density and infill. Our streets need to be

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As a developer, let me say this: I fully support the first bullet in the Public Land for Homes plan. When governments lease land for development, instead of selling it, they keep that land in the public trust and they can deliver homes more affordably. We currently have a deal…

As a developer, let me say this: I fully support the first bullet in the Public Land for Homes plan. When governments lease land for development, instead of selling it, they keep that land in the public trust and they can deliver homes more affordably. We currently have a deal…
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Breaking: Federal government announces Public Lands for Homes plan, and backs it up with financing measures to get builders building.

All new housing begins with access to land. There is so much opportunity to build affordable homes on under-utilized municipal, provincial and…

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Why would someone who lives in the heart of the city care about a super highway being built on the fringes of the region?

Quality of life. Safe streets free from overwhelming traffic, and the noise and pollution that cars sitting in traffic brings.

Highways act as funnels…

Why would someone who lives in the heart of the city care about a super highway being built on the fringes of the region? Quality of life. Safe streets free from overwhelming traffic, and the noise and pollution that cars sitting in traffic brings. Highways act as funnels…
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