Solving The Maze
Every journey must have a destination. Choosing 23 roads before selecting an end will not secure success and only delay the start of the venture.
Find out why there are half the number of people in a mature neighbourhood than there were when the community started.
Find out where the children went.
Schools, like communities, have been considered as throw away-like the homes around them, good for a single lifetime. Infill places the number of RESIDENCES in front of the number of RESIDENTS. Densification is inefficient because of demolition requirements and disruption of communities.
Infill does not recognize the reality that communities are for children – the future generations. A city that does not put children first, their homes and parents and gathering places is on the road to nowhere, bleak and dead end with no past and no future.
The road to school is a perpetual path which leads generations to the future. Legacy communities remain forever, a green land of memories. This road starts with sharing. Old shares with young. Teachers with learners. Family homes are retained for generations, not demolished to increase the number of homes in denser surroundings.
Children And Schools
Ever since the start of suburban neighbourhoods care has been taken to make schools the urban centres – easily walked to by children and sized to fit the schools to the number of homes clustered around.
The problem was evident as the communities aged that no homes had been built for the empty nesters to move to and let another generation allow the grandchildren to go to school.
BUILDING APARTMENT HOMES FOR SENIORS IS THE KEY TO REGENERATING COMMUNITIES.
Family home ownership has been for many years the preferred urban option but is only 50 years since the first condominium for multi family living opened.
Condominiums allow empty nesters to stay close to their neighbourhood while the next generation benefits from the family homes close to local schools, community services and mixed use businesses.
EVERY EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TO PLACE MIXED USE ENCLAVES FOR ADULTS NEXT TO OR ON EXISTING COMMERCIAL STREETS.
New Homes From Old
Demolition to add family homes is undesirable from a sustainability standpoint since less than 5% of the existing homes need significant repairs. Renovation is both less expensive and less intrusive in the community.
There are numerous examples of renovations that can meet net zero standards and which show how at least 90% of homes in a city can be upgraded.
APARTMENTS ARE TWICE AS ENERGY EFFICIENT AS FAMILY HOMES AND TAKE A FRACTION OF THE LAND.
Starter Homes @ Starter Prices
Waves of immigrants have benefited from the ubiquitous bungalows and 1-1/2 storeys built after the second world war when cities grew to accommodate up to 80% of nations populations.
Mature neighbourhoods win twice by keeping this family housing resource. Seniors can move to apartments priced $200,000 less than the home they lived in. Families benefit from economical homes because there is no shortage.
ALLOWING SENIORS TO MOVE WILL PROVIDE A LONG RANGE SUPPLY OF FAMILY HOMES FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN.
A Regeneration Sustainable Future
FIRST STEP RESOLVED
Existing housing is made available for families and the additional multi family homes which were not originally provided are in place to meet the needs of people without children. The mixed use feature meets commercial success with the larger population.
SECOND STEP RESOLVED
SCHOOLS ARE PROTECTED FROM DECOMMISSIONING AND SUFFICIENT CHILDREN ARE LIVING NEAR BY.