Cornell, Markham


Planned on a greenfield, Cornell was designed in the mid-90s using New Urbanism principles. The area is anticipated to develop as a walkable, high density, mixed-use area.  The area has seen significant residential development,  however the planned commercial centre "Cornell Centre", remains undeveloped within the larger community. 



2,668 people
80 jobs
159 ha
16 people/ha
17 jobs + people/ha

Block level density 

0.34 ha
16 people
47 people/ha


1.07 ha
103 people
96 people/ha




Only 2 schools within walking distance.  The closest community centre is a 28 minute walk

Grid-like pattern of streets and blocks is improvement on subdivisions of the 60s-90s

Garages in the back, favours pedestrians over cars

Lack of destinations to walk to and make walking interesting 




Several local bus stops go through the neighbourhoood. 

Frequency of local buses and lack of central transit node make it difficult to reach amenities such as grocery stories by transit

Getting to the local grocery store by transit, would require one to walk over the 407

Basically a car dependent neighbourhood



Little diversity in housing form

All detached and semi-detached

There have been 12 redevelopment sites approved over last 15 years



Green & Open Spaces

13 h of municipal park space

This is equivalent to 0.4 hectares for every 100 people 



Two neighbourhood schools. 

Other than that, there are no amenities within 400m walking distance

Primarly residential; area has a total of 5 jobs, compared to 2,894 people



Lack of street furniture or amenities

Little to animate the street

Laneways put the cars in the back and help to ensure the attractiveness of the public streets