The best windbreak is an urban forest

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Oct 18

I was reading about Alphabet’s Sidewalk Toronto project and the idea of making streets more pedestrian-friendly in winter caught my eye.

I am not exactly sure how plans to do that yet but I asked myself how would I make the pedestrian experience better in a tough Canadian winter?

Hmm, here’s how…

You can be walking on a winter’s day in deep bush/forest at minus 20 Celsius and be so warm you have to take your outer coat off. How come? There’s no wind.

So my solution would be to plant a THICK urban forest along woonerf streets.

Here’s my quick sketch plan of same:


Bruce M Firestone, B Eng (civil), M Eng-Sci, PhD, Ottawa Senators founder, Real Estate Investment and Business coach, Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc broker, 1-613-762-8884


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Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.