This is a classic argument. But a few issues I’d say:I don't work anywhere near Whyte Ave or Downtown, by your logic, do I need to live central to live in an apartment? Or if I want to be close to work in the Southwest, I must buy a house??
Believe it or not, there is a world outside of the core.
1) many jobs are located in our sprawl because of our sprawl. “I work in windemere at jayman”. Ok, and why is jayman located there and not around gateway, 170th, etc? Because of sprawling development in the SW.
2) for the other municipalities like Leduc, Devon, stony, etc, if people work in those places, they should either live in those cities, or be prepared to drive from the city. Why should the city unsustainably sprawl out to there on the subsidies of other taxpayers who didn’t choose to work and live so far apart? (Same reason I hate the terwillegar widening. If you don’t like your commute from windemere to downtown, MOVE. Don’t make taxpayers blow 300mil for 30k people using it daily).
3) there’s a difference between “some” apartments and the current amount we’re building. And someone can always find a job, or give an anecdote of where it makes sense. But by in large, we know our employment is clustered downtown, UofA, hospitals, WEM, mainstreets, and our 2 industrial areas. Those are the vast majorities of our jobs. So we should prioritize housing close to those. Do people work outside the henday? Yes. Do significantly more than in our central city? No.
The opportunity cost is just tiring. The financially unviable, tax negative sprawl is unfair and stupid. Make people pay for their commutes, don’t make all taxpayers pay for infrastructure to have whole neighborhoods next to satellite suburbs.