Abandon the dream home, this prof says. You’ll be happier. UBC’s Nathanael Lauster urges city dwellers to shake off their ‘house addiction’
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We’d like to think a housing crisis is a remediable technical matter with objective solutions (not just market technical solutions, either). Is that so unreasonable in a country as well off as Canada? Probably, yeah. Therefore, much to commend itself on this topic in this from-the-left essay on Jacobin.
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A high value stop on the interwebs for anyone looking into suburban poverty: from New York University’s Furman Center and The Stoop.
The dream revisited: suburban poverty and segregation
For even more: #dreamrevisited
A quirky parking lot hamlet of air travel industry workers has formed at Los Angeles International Airport and makes for emotional content in this short New York Times documentary.
Long-term parking (7:45)
The Thursday edition of sister newspapers The Brampton Guardian and The Mississauga News contain reportage of a serious case of neglect in publicly-funded housing. This is the kind of high-value, socially conscious reporting from the midst of daily life in the region (the unit is in Brampton) that these papers should be all over. Coasting along on real estate and car advertising is great but to survive in what is pretty much rapidly developing into a post-newspaper world local papers better get their hands on powerful content and keep on proving their relevance. Fighting for people is one way to do that.
The situation is awful to read about. Hopefully the coverage, two full pages in the print editions as well as digital attention, will make a difference. Peel Region is home to some of Canada’s best housed and most privileged citizens. Spend any time here at all and you come to know that isn’t the case for everyone.
Counterfactual propositions are most times best avoided. We all are hungry for glimpses of the future, sure. That part is okay. There’s just too much risk of distraction in many a creative “what if” scenario, too much room for wild swings of positive or negative projection. Let’s make an exception today for this dystopic reflection on an imagined socioeconomic existence for Vancouver, BC. Yikes! This can’t be a future anybody wants a part of.
How Vancouver’s housing segregation became policy: a 2040 look back. Decades from now, researchers reflect with shock, pity on what led to creation of regional, economically unequal ‘bantustans’
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Nobody seems to be an expert when it comes to calling the relative burstiness of Canada’s housing bubble. And what a bubble it’s been! Pretty much all of us can agree, however, that the bubble has a harmful side now. The cost of acquiring and carrying real estate departed the company of Canadian wages a generation ago in Toronto and Vancouver. Rents have been forced up by the bubble, reinforcing the generalized prejudice of not owning what you live in. Overseas investors are amping up prices and eating supply. What is to be done? Some of us remain partial to real estate as a money machine and others are fed up with a machine that seems to exclude them.
Canada’s economy is hostage to the housing bubble. The debate over B.C.’s new tax on foreign buyers exposes how badly the Canadian economy needs ridiculously unsustainable house prices to keep rising
Intensification nation. Canadian cities, big and small, are working to densify themselves. It’s far from a straightforward path
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