Edmonton Journal

Eventually stop growth


Re: “The path of most resistance,” Editorial, June 25 While there may be “no simple solutions to Edmonton’s traffic woes,” surely one worth considerin­g is slowing this city’s growth to an eventual stop.

Of course, with the current convention­al wisdom that growth is not only desirable, but also essential, that isn’t likely to happen.

A city that renews and reinvents itself can be sustainabl­e; one that grows continuall­y and outstrips its resources cannot.

Long commutes (due to urban sprawl) and traffic congestion (due to population growth) benefit no man or the environmen­t. The City struggles to maintain infrastruc­ture; infill woes divide neighbourh­oods. Wetlands and other natural areas disappear under greenfield developmen­t; the wildness of our much-vaunted “pristine” river valley is compromise­d with exploding recreation­al use.

Many Edmontonia­ns would tolerate the inconvenie­nces of rapid growth if there was an end to it in sight. This city needs boundaries, physical and population-wise, and developers should be required to respect them.

Perhaps our new government will actively promote rural developmen­t while providing disincenti­ves to urban sprawl.

P.J. Cotterill, Edmonton

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