Jen Keesmaat in Own Your City — In Complete Communities Pedestrians Take Precedence
RAFFI ANDERIAN ILLUSTRATION
Jennifer Keesmaat is chief planner and executive director of the City Planning Division, City of Toronto.
As one columnist recently put it, the suburbs can be a “snooze fest” for the younger generation. Echo boomers, loosely defined as those between the ages of 16 and 34 and the fastest-growing demographic in Toronto, are choosing urban over suburban and are forgoing a driver’s licence in favour of walking, cycling and transit. Our data confirms this trend in Toronto.
There are many differing reasons why, including the high cost of driving, greater awareness of environmental impacts, a rejection of the quality of life, costs and sacrifices that accompany a long commute, and importantly, it is increasingly possible to live without a car. Read more: In Complete Communities, Pedestrians Take Precedence | Own Your City