...Developers continue the discredited and ruinous 'multiplication by subdivision' approach that has turned the outer reaches of Calgary into endless tracts of cookie-cutter housing."
“Why do we persist in building stuff people don’t want and that doesn’t work?” Nenshi [the mayor of Calgary] asked planners at a recent conference.
"It’s a good question;" says Hume [the Urban Issues reporter for The Star], "one most Canadian cities, Toronto included, would be hard-pressed to answer. Everywhere one looks, planning rules are stuck back in the days of freeways and shopping centres."
You always need two movements for social transformation: first you change the people, you prepare them for the future by restructuring their mental conceptions (this is the job of the philosopher—a social engineer), and then you physically change the city to reflect this new consciousness (the is the job of the master builder). Never do it the other way around or else you will end with something as empty as the City Beautiful movement.