By Matthew Kupfer, CBC Ottawa
Ottawa is playing host this week to a major international urban planning conference — and its goal is figuring out how to build neighbourhoods where everything's within a 10-minute walk.
There are also several Canadian presenters at the five-day conference, including former City of Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat and Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum.
Nussbaum's presentation focuses on a handful of objects that, for him, represent the principles behind good neighbourhood planning.
"We've got the bicycle and the Presto card, we've got the staircase, we've got the coffee cup, we've got the watering can, and we've got the library card," Nussbaum said.
Those objects, he said, represent core elements of community planning — like building sustainable transportation, fostering mid-rise housing developments, zoning for local businesses, preserving green space and funding community services.
Source: CBC Ottawa