September 21, 2003 by Allen George
Brampton and Development
It’s somewhat amusing and at the same time saddening to read the advertisements of the new home builders in the Brampton Guardian and in the Toronto Star. They praise Brampton’s clean air, open spaces et al. They mention its beautiful fields, large amounts of greenery and its home-town feel.
Brampton is being suburbanized and in a big way. Any land that developers can find that is flat is being bulldozed as quickly as possible. What used to be farmland is being eaten up by the insatiable appetite of people who want houses. Unfortunately – I too am a culprit in this. I live in a reasonably decent sized house in Brampton… Sometimes it makes me sick to my stomach when I think of the irreperable harm that I am foisting upon the environment.
Just recently I was travelling on the outskirts of Brampton when I noticed a beautiful field. Flat as the eye could see with a huge growth of trees in the distance. Silence prevailed for a few minutes as I watched the wildflowers slowly shifting in the wind. I turned and told my Mom – “I hope this remains like this – it’s beautiful”. She slowly shook her head no and said: “The builders are buying a plot next to this and this field will be turned into a storm water pond”. In that moment I truly understood the feeling of frustration, the feeling of regret and sadness. We are destroying some of the most beautiful land in Canada to build more and more houses and 4 lane wide roads as well as massive pavements. Sculpted grass falls as well as concrete storm water ponds are the future here.
Welcome to Brampton. Where would you like to build today?