Meeting Adult Needs
The examples show homes that will attract adults. Mature neighbourhoods were not built for adults without children.
Lifestyle housing is built for people without children.
Accessible flats are for the elderly and disabled.
THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF ADULT HOUSING THAT MUST BE MET.
This large group spans the full spectrum from students starting out on their own to empty nesters looking for social and active living while enjoying watching future generations growing up.
For many, the extra time available is for giving back – commitment to social issues, the environment and sharing. For them, urban meeting places are as important as the homes they live in.
As the population ages, residential accessibility increases in importance. Since single family homes are not required to be accessible, multifamily is meeting this need.
In 1990 few apartments had elevators. The diagram shows the small amount of accessible housing available in 1990, with the dark shaded area showing the non accessible amount.
Today, the number of barrier free apartments have increased to almost 20%. By 2044 barrier free apartments will comprise over 50%.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY WILL BE A MAJOR PART OF THE NEW HOUSING SUPPLY.
Families benefit from having communities with schools and parks and the other amenities of established neighbourhoods. They also benefit of the good value of homes most of which are no older than the 60’s.
Adults and, in particular, seniors will benefit from newly built apartments which have elevators and suites assisting people with disabilities.
FAR BELOW (OFTEN OVER $200,000) THEIR HOUSE SALE PRICE WHICH ALLOWS A MAJOR TAX FREE BOOST TO THEIR PENSION AND THEY CAN STILL LIVE IN A MORTGAGE FREE HOME. THIS GIFT CONTINUES FOREVER TO EACH GENERATION.
New apartment buildings will comprise 40% of each neighbourhood. Apartments use less energy by 50% or more compared to single family homes.
Since carbon footprints are based on occupancy, the homes with new families have reduced their footprints almost 45% for 66% of the homes.
The big gains however are in transportation where travel is reduced dramatically – from children walking to school to parents using an established transit system.
REGENERATION OF THE MATURE NEIGHBOURHOODS ALSO REDUCES THE GROWTH OF AUTOMOBILE USE CAUSED BY URBAN SPRAWL.
Mixed use is the best way to completely regenerate cities suffering from urban sprawl. Low rise mixed use apartments, generally four storey, are ideal to create pedestrian spaces either in shopping streets or to define street intersections. Building apartments that will give landmark character to residential areas are also important.
Zoning must allow for economic projects and be flexible for fitting the local character.
MIXED USE CENTRES CONNECTED TO THE PEDESTRIAN REALM AND TO CHILD FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOODS ARE THE CITIES OF TOMORROW.
A Regeneration Sustainable Future
The average mature neighbourhood with 1,200 family homes needs 800 apartments for adult living. Many older communities have commercial avenues and newer ones may have strip malls which are suitable for development and communities can share with adjoining neighbourhoods to develop these centres.
In addition, much of the apartment stock is already developing downtown, along LRT lines, the remaining CN and CP yards, former annexed town main streets and close to or in shopping centres.
MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT HAS A MAJOR PARTS TO PLAY IN REVITALIZING AND EXPANDING COMMERCIAL AREAS.