Urban planning

Posted on 7, Mar | Posted by

The Brooklyn Bridge

Is your community leveraging equigenic environments?

By Tarryn Landman

Could green spaces close gaps in health between people of different incomes? According to a researcher from the University of Glasgow, that may be the case. A study of 34 European nations found that the gap in mental well-being between socioeconomic groups was 40% narrower among respondents with good access to green/recreational areas compared with those with poorer access. While it’s certainly not without flaws, the study raises some interesting questions about equigenic environments (places that can reduce health inequalities).

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Posted on 1, Jun | Posted by

TINAN 70 (April 2016)

In TINAN 70 the MDB Insight team looks at:


  • A look at the workforce of 2020
  • Canadian job quality ranks as “average”
  • Is income inequality making us unhappy?
  • Changing binary views of suburbia
  • Client Corner: The Town of Greater Napanee
  • Resource Review: The Local Economy Solution

Posted on 6, Aug | Posted by

Planning with Intention? It’s time for new dialogue…

Planning with Intention? It’s time for new dialogue…

Anyone that lives in a large urban area no doubt appreciates the challenges that comes with city living – traffic congestion, lengthy commutes and the sad state of transit infrastructure that would actually allow you to experience all that city living has to offer. Living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTAH), I see firsthand the impact of steady growth and expansion of the region both in terms of population and employment. There’s a reason we say we have two seasons – winter and construction!!

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Posted on 22, Jun | Posted by

Vacant land inventory: Are basic tools being overlooked?

How much vacant industrial or employment land does your municipality have? Simple question, but it’s surprising how difficult it can be to answer. It’s not as though it’s an uncommon question. Investors and existing businesses might ask you, as they look at whether or not they can find space for new construction, expansion, or relocation. Communities themselves may ask it as they start to look at whether they have the resources to accommodate the growth they want. There always seems to be an anecdotal answer. Something like: ‘Well, there’s about 200 acres, mostly in the South end…’ Read the full blog post

Posted on 9, Sep | Posted by

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson

Innovation Ecosystems: How Spaces Spawn ideas

Steven Johnson is a successful Brooklyn-based science writer who has penned books on everything from neuroscience to cholera to pop culture. In his latest book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, he attempts to apply lessons from the history of science to an exploration of idea generation. It’s an important question – in an age where economic opportunity is driven by innovation, breakthrough and technological disruption, figuring out how to trigger good ideas is like learning how to transmute base metals into gold. But although Johnson begins from a scientific perspective, he finds himself frequently crossing over into the realm of urban planning, urban design and economic development.

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