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GEO 793 Lecture Notes - Soil Conservation

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GEO 793
Cynthia Mason

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The Shape of the Suburbs Toronto:
- Toronto recommends for better farm practices, improved farm ponds, better soil
conservation, more assistance for farmers, and the protection of wild life
- Enhance sewage disposal techniques so as to improve the water quality in the lower
reaches of the Don River
- The Don River forest should have been protected rather than swallowed up by sprawl
- Water quality should have been maintained so that streams could continue to swarm
out with trout
- Farms should have been protected to help serve the city
- As the war ended, immigrants began arriving and had high expectations for the city
of Toronto
- With its strong and growing financial sector, it had become the leading economic
center in the country
- Manufacturing, which had bloomed during the war years, continued to expand, and
investors looked at opportunities to meet both the pent-up and new demands
- The new development forms were at low densities and they sprawled over the
- Don Valley became mostly a transportation corridor and the Don Valley forest was
cut down for suburban tracts
- Suburban growth around Toronto relied on a steady supply of new water service,
sewers, and roads to continue its relentless pace
- Developers started to construct new houses on large lots at low densities in the
- The automobile became the popular means of transportation in the new suburb, and
retail was focused on shopping centers
- The demand for suburban houses seemed to increase
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