Close to HomeThe benefits of compact, walkable, transit-friendly neighbourhoods

Published March 31, 2016
By Dianne Zimmerman, Nithya Vijayakumar

The character and location of a neighbourhood shapes the lives of the people who live there. A community’s access to transit, or housing options for different family sizes, plays a key role in determining who can live there and what kind of community it will become.

This report reviews some of the ways focusing on compact development and building complete communities can make life more affordable and enjoyable. It also includes examples of the benefits of density and how it can help create compact, walkable and transit-oriented neighbourhoods.