Globe: Reverse commuters represent shift in land use

Interesting to read in today’s Globe and Mail that reverse commuting is turning into a bigger phenomenon than previously thought. According to the article, and contrary to some perceptions — people are still flocking to the suburbs. However, the well-heeled are setting up shop in the urban core — to the extent that transit lines and roadways leaving the city are as congested as those coming in.

What’s really staggering is the level of economic activity and job creation happening in the suburbs, however.

New immigrants are flocking to Canada’s major urban areas but, unlike Mr. McWilliams, they’re choosing to live in the suburbs of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. They’re not only finding cheaper housing but a large pool of potential employers, who have been moving offices and factories to more available land in the suburbs.


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