By Ray Tomalty, Alan Mallach
The headlines approximately towns celebrating their resurgence—with empty nesters and Millennials alike making an investment in our city components, relocating clear of vehicle dependence, and critical walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods. yet, in truth, those adjustments are occurring in a scattered and piecemeal style. whereas components of a handful of towns are booming, such a lot US metros proceed to stick to previous styles of significant urban decline and suburban sprawl. As demographic shifts switch housing markets and weather switch ushers in new methods of payment styles, strain for switch in city coverage is transforming into. increasingly more coverage makers are elevating questions about the stability of guidelines that squander our funding in city housing, equipped setting, and infrastructure whereas carrying on with to aid growth of sprawling, auto-dependent improvement. altering those regulations is the relevant problem dealing with US towns and metro areas, and those that deal with them or plan their future.
In America’s city Future, city specialists Tomalty and Mallach research US coverage within the gentle of the Canadian adventure, and use that have as a place to begin to generate particular coverage concepts. Their innovations are designed to assist the USA extra its city revival, construct extra walkable, energy-efficient groups, and specifically, aid land use adapt greater to the wishes of the getting older inhabitants. Tomalty and Mallach convey how Canada, a rustic just like the U.S. in lots of respects, has fostered more healthy city facilities and extra strength- and resource-efficient suburban development. They demand a rethinking folks public rules throughout these components and glance heavily at what will be a possibility at federal, nation, and native degrees in mild of either the restrictions and possibilities inherent in today’s political platforms and fiscal realities.
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History and Identity: Who Are the Canadians? Although both the United States and Canada came into being as a result of European colonization over the same era, two particular features distinguish Canada’s history from that of the United States. One is the emergence of Canada as a nation divided between English and French speakers, a split that was not just one of language but one of religion and culture as well. The other is the different manner in which the two countries emerged from colonial status into nationhood.
Even so, one would be hard-pressed to argue that state or regional identity trumps national identity in any part of the United States or that the idea of “going it alone” finds resonance except among small groups at the political extremes. Ethnic and racial identity is another significant feature of the Canadian social landscape, although it takes very different forms than similar divides in the United States. 3 percent of the nation’s population compared with less than 1 percent for the Native American population in the United States.
8 billion transit trips taken in the United States, the highest absolute number in fifty-eight years. From 1995 to 2014, transit ridership increased by 39 percent, almost double the population growth, which was 21 percent. Over the same period, the growth of vehicle miles traveled was only 25 percent. 56 Of course, many factors could be involved in shaping changes in travel patterns like those mentioned. Some of the more evident ones are dramatic shifts in fuel prices, the effect of transit investments, the growth in telecommuting, and the gradual retirement of the baby boom generation.