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Copper

Mississuaga, Ontario

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This is Mississauga, it is a suburb of Toronto. It was incorporated as a city about 30 years when it was nothing more than a collections of small towns surrounded by fields. Current population is about 650,000.

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^ Yeah, I think that kind of describes it. Orginally the downtown was built around a mall, it is kind of in the middle of a transition from suburban to urban so it gives off a wierd vibe. It is still very much a work in progress, will be interesting to see what it looks like in another 30 years.

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While these pictures show impressive density and continuing construction, the city seems cold in these photos. While there are actual people in the photo, they seem to be going somewhere else, no streetscape to speak of. Like others said, not sure I'd like to live here.. it does give a strange negative vibe in the photos...

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Nice pics Copper. This is a nice study in trying to bring urban principles into a suburban footprint, which is hard to do around a 6 lane thoroughfare. This block looks like it has some nice components to it at street level:

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Actually it makes most of the mistakes in that are commonly made in making for a good streetscape. The lack of any pedestrian activity on those streets is proof enough of that.

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Actually it makes most of the mistakes in that are commonly made in making for a good streetscape. The lack of any pedestrian activity on those streets is proof enough of that.

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Those are some impressive shots! I love the highrise residential towers, but this city does lack streetlife, as mentioned here before. I don't see many stores either (I guess most people would shop in malls there?).

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Odd mix of highrises and 7 lane roadways. Lot's of pedestrians on that 7 lane roadway though.

And I love that little strip mall in the beginning pictures with all the tacky signs. If that thing was built to the street it'd be even better! I don't know why but I loves stuff like that.

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How was this region developed? You stated it was nothing more than some small towns and fields, so was it rampant suburban development with one-story flats that became more dense later on?

This would be an interesting study in itself...

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