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By Ray Tomalty, Alan Mallach

The headlines approximately towns celebrating their resurgence—with empty nesters and Millennials alike making an investment in our city parts, relocating clear of vehicle dependence, and important walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods. yet, in truth, those alterations are happening in a scattered and piecemeal type. whereas components of a handful of towns are booming, such a lot US metros proceed to stick to outdated styles of vital urban decline and suburban sprawl. As demographic shifts switch housing markets and weather swap ushers in new methods of taking a look at cost styles, strain for switch in city coverage is becoming. progressively more coverage makers are elevating questions on the steadiness of guidelines that squander our funding in city housing, equipped setting, and infrastructure whereas carrying on with to help growth of sprawling, auto-dependent improvement. altering those guidelines is the vital 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 learn US coverage within the mild of the Canadian adventure, and use that have as a kick off point to generate particular coverage techniques. Their options are designed to aid the U.S. additional its city revival, construct extra walkable, energy-efficient groups, and specifically, support land use adapt higher to the wishes of the getting older inhabitants. Tomalty and Mallach convey how Canada, a rustic just like the USA in lots of respects, has fostered more healthy city facilities and extra power- and resource-efficient suburban progress. They demand a rethinking folks public regulations throughout these components and glance heavily at what can be a possibility at federal, kingdom, and native degrees in mild of either the limitations and possibilities inherent in today’s political platforms and financial realities.

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11 Canadian fault lines are linguistic, racial and ethnic, cultural, and geographic. The most powerful one, of course, is the continued divide between Anglophone and Francophone Canada, a divide that led to a violent separatist movement in the 1960s, the rise of the independence-minded Parti Quebecois in the 1970s, and the sovereignty referenda of 1980 and 1995. Passions have arguably cooled considerably since then, and secession is a far less central political topic today. As one recent writer commented, citing surveys that show a sharp drop in support for Quebec sovereignty among younger adults: “The mortal enemy of the sovereignty movement isn’t the Liberal Party of Quebec, the Trudeau family, the federal government, Quebec’s immigrant population or any of the other central casting nightmares conjured up by the sovereignist movement over the years.

One effect of a parliamentary system, as distinct from the presidential system adopted by the United States, is that it offers more scope to third, and even fourth, parties to play a role in the political system. This system has had an important effect on Canadian political history. The left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP), although it may never lead a national government,40 has played an important role in shaping social policy, particularly during years when no party held an absolute majority, as was the case during many of the Trudeau years in the 1970s.

At the same time, however, it is a highly urbanized country, with the great majority of its population living within a narrow band of little more than 100 miles from the United States border 28 and the great majority of its land area unpopulated (figure 2-2). 29 Canadian and United States cities share a common history. They have been formed over nearly four centuries, beginning with settlements on or near the Atlantic driven by European immigration and gradually moving across the continent as industry, agriculture, and mining drove both population movement and the creation of urban centers.

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