I am still asked, from time to time, for The Economics of Urban Form. This report was prepared as background to the GTA (or “Golden”, after its Chair, Anne Golden) Task Force report Greater Toronto, back in 1996. It looks at three scenarios for growth in the Greater Toronto Area, and assesses the relative costs of each. Moving from the status quo toward a more compact development pattern would save between 18% and 29% on infrastructure and other costs.
I believe the report is hard to find these days, so I’m making a pdf of it available for download by clicking here.