|Montgomery's new book - Happy City - provides an antidote to dispersed cities|
Montgomery says "If we are to escape the effects of dispersal, then dense places have got to meet our psychological needs better than sprawl."
That idea resonated during an afternoon walk in the prairie city of Brandon, Manitoba where I worked this week. Brandon is one of those mid-western cities with wide streets and sprawl suburbs. Yet even here I found an interesting (and dense) lower income multi-family townhouse project that Montgomery would appreciate.
|Play areas inside the lower income multi-family housing. Good visibility, easy access|
|Interior courtyard, green and clean|
Nearby, as Montgomery might predict, a traditional suburb was vacant, graffitied, and sparse. In my hour-long walk there I uncovered only a few people, mostly working on cars. Few streets had sidewalks and I saw no one on their front lawns.
|A few blocks away in a traditional suburb - Millennial messages|
|Adjacent streets - no sidewalks, fencing to isolate the road|