What’s the View Like From Your Window?

Would you like to look out your window and see an industrial site, a highway, or a railway next to your property?  We don’t think an urban planner would.  Then why does new residential development still happen right next to these eye and ear sores?

Have we not learned from past urban design mistakes?

Elgin Street, Brantford, Ontario

Elgin Street, Brantford, Ontario (north side)

Elgin Street, Brantford, Ontario

Elgin Street, Brantford, Ontario (south side) 

(For a closer look, click on the images.)

Let’s make sure that urban planners insert buffer zones, such as a woodlot, between residential and industrial sites, highways and railways.  Note that looking out your window at a composite sound barrier is just as bad.  (Unless you are a graffiti artist.)

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