Mapping the Dimensions of Suburbanisms

Pablo Mendez (UBC) offers an analytical writeup to accompany the most recent contribution to the Atlas data: a series of 69 maps covering 23 cities visualizing 3 sets of socioeconomic data themes. The result: a compelling set of data-rich maps showing interesting and surprising patterns of suburbanism across Canada.

Estimating Canada’s suburban population

Suburban nature of Toronto rendered in Google Earth, using Gordon's "Transportation" method

A team led by Professor David Gordon at Queen’s University estimates that up to two-thirds of Canadians may be living in suburban areas. They use Statistics Canada data to designate neighbourhoods as suburban or urban based on density and commuting patterns. Findings are presented in visually intriguing ways using a combination of census maps and Google Earth.

Suburban Growth in Ontario – Martin Prosperity Institute

A recent Insight report “Boomtown in the Backyard – Suburban Growth in Ontario” from the Martin Prosperity Institute features the work of School of Planning scholars in examining the growth patterns of what many would consider traditional suburbs. Alongside the written analysis is the use of dot-density maps to visually represent population distribution across Ontario’s cities.  

Ten Cities of Toronto

Liam McGuire's "Ten Cities of Toronto" analysis

Liam McGuire of UBC maps out what he calls the “Ten Cities of Toronto”

Housing maps for Vancouver

Location Quotient maps for single-detached housing in Vancouver - Kevin Chan

Kevin Chan, UBC, maps out the location quotients of single-detached and apartment housing in Vancouver

School of Planning | University of Waterloo

Faculty of Environment | University of Waterloo

This research was supported by SSHRC through funding from the MCRI Global suburbansims: governance, land, and infrastructure in the 21st century (2010-2017)