Questioning the Suburban Urban Divide

“Suburb” seems to have become a pejorative word when used by those who call themselves “urban.” The counter dismissive is those who find their housing ideal in the so-called suburbs find “urban” living stuffed into point towers in the “concrete jungle.”

This supposed divide in Calgary is of particular interest as StatsCan reports that between 1991 and 2001 88% of new dwellings were built on the outskirts of the city. The immediate conclusion is that suburbs equates to sprawl. This, however, is not such a simple conclusion.

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