The suburban-poverty.com Lear Jet finds itself touching down in Brampton, ON …yet again! The Toronto Star’s urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume continues to blaze a trail across suburbia a step or two ahead of us. Hume is realistic, dry and barely contains his sarcasm in the land of clothes line bans and monster homes. Locals counterattack viciously in the comment boxes, advising Hume to stay downtown with the other density-loving, latte sipping yuppies. Almost the inverse of the previous posting’s problem this time the issue is a housing form with too much visibility. A massive monster home grows in an older suburb. The owner/builder wants his extended village-sized family under one roof. To do this he has to go big. It could get ugly. Well, actually, ugly it already is.
The point is not what is going on at a single address in Brampton. Larger issues present themselves. Again, if this is the best the culture can do to get started working out the housing challenges of the twenty-first century then it doesn’t say much for us.
Now, where did we put our latte spoon?
image: a taco establishment behind one of Brampton’s groovy new bus stops by Secondarywaltz via Wikimedia Commons