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The chart shows that at first the community had over 1,200 families. With over two children per family, schools were full.

50 years later with the children gone, the community has lost half the people and the schools are empty.

THERE ARE NO EMPTY HOUSES, JUST FEWER PEOPLE IN EACH HOUSE.

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School Learning

Schools are the keystones of communities and new generations of children are essential to urban stability by providing a child centred environment.

All other community social services are also dependent on generational support.

Retaining existing neighbourhood centres allows for social continuity and long term use of urban infrastructure is highly beneficial from a social, economic and environmental standpoint.

BUILDING MULTI GENERATION CHILD ORIENTED COMMUNITIES IS ESSENTIAL AND ALLOWS FOR ALL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TO BE RETAINED.

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Mature Community Demographics

The diagram shows the demographic ratios of households across a city.

In a typical mature community only one third of the single family homes have children.

This is a stable demographic that will persist over time.

TO HAVE ENOUGH CHILDREN TO RETAIN EXISTING SCHOOLS, COMMUNITIES ONLY NEED MORE FAMILIES SINCE THE FAMILY HOMES ARE ALREADY THERE.

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The Urban Challenge

To allow families with children to move into the existing homes and bring the number of children up to its original level requires adding 66% more homes for adults.

As new homes for adults are built the adults move in. Families will buy the houses left behind and the neighbourhood will have more children again.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO PROVIDE THESE NEW HOMES FOR ADULTS, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND AT AN AFFORDABLE COST.

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Population Increases 200%

Meeting the need for apartment housing that was not provided when the community was first completed will bring the population back to its founding population.

In the GOLD BAR example the neighbourhood in 2011 has 1,200 housing units and a population of 2,800. The community is 1/3 families and 2/3 adults. The population is 1,400 for the families and 1,400 for the adults.

When all the existing housing is used for families there will be 4,200 in 1,200 homes. In the new 800 homes which are built for adults there will be 1,400.

THE TOTAL POPULATION WILL BE 5,600, CLOSE TO ITS POPULATION OF 5,700 IN 1961.

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Sharing Density

Density should be measured by population, not by buildings, to give a true record of how space effective a community is.

For example, a neighbourhood can have a population of 5,673 in 1961 or 2,831 in 2011 with the same number of homes.

Ensuring that all family homes have children, counteracts the reduction in family size and increases density.

Ensuring that young and old people without children have places to live that have small footprints to increase density.

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Population And Housing

Based on 100 mature neighbourhoods housing and population increase sees 80,000 more apartment suites and 280,000 people equally divided between the apartments and the existing single family homes as families with children move into them and the adult homeowners move out. Total mature population will be 560,000, double the 2011 number.

Further family homes can be obtained as more communities age. In Edmonton there will be enough homes to double the population of the region.

THAT THE EXISTING CITY COMMUNITIES COULD ABSORB ALL THE REGIONAL GROWTH SHOWS THAT SUSTAINABILITY IS ATTAINABLE.