His signature project was Meadowvale, in Mississauga, an early planned community

(Source: Globe and Mail)

Peter Langer embodied a rare mix of militaristic discipline and Mitteleuropean courtliness. Both traits came in handy in a storied five-decade-long career as one of Canada’s most prolific real estate developers.

Mr. Langer rode the crest of Ontario’s real estate boom from the 1940s through to the 80s, developing millions of square feet of residential, commercial and industrial properties, and serving on a slew of industry associations.

But his signature project was – and continues to be – Meadowvale in Mississauga, one of the first and most successful integrated, or “planned” communities in North America.

Once 1,200 hectares of barren farmland in the Town of Streetsville, which was folded into Mississauga in 1974, Meadowvale was inspired by the earlier planning success of the Don Mills community in northern Toronto, which integrated homes, offices, schools, industrial parks and shopping.

For Meadowvale’s master plan, Mr. Langer envisioned those and more, and built them all: Complete head office campuses, recreation facilities, hotels, parks, even a conservation area with two man-made lakes, fishing, nature trails and bicycle paths.

Read Ron Csillag’s full article “Developer believed every Canadian should have a decent home” in the Globe and Mail (August 31, 2009).

Hans (Henry) Peter Langer was born in Vienna on March 15, 1916 and died in Toronto on Aug. 14, 2009 of natural causes. He was 93. His wife predeceased him in 1995. He leaves children Peter, Paul and Ann, and four grandchildren.

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