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In the last few years, gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas around North America, and now Kitchener (in Ontario, Canada) is no exception. While developments downtown can be good for intensification and improving urban design , current developments are beginning to marginalize long-term residents. In the last three decades, many North American cities have been following a pattern of unsustainable sub-urban growth. This pattern of suburbanization has been not only environmentally unsound, but has also has also worsened problems around social isolation. Planning took a turn in the 1990s after which the “downtown revitalization” mantra promoted a future that would look somewhat like the recent past; a time before automobiles made suburban lifestyles where one could live and work in separate neighborhoods possible. Now an interesting social experiment is a...

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