Why the struggle of renters is Canada’s ‘ultimate housing problem’. Being a low income renter is terrible. Here’s how it got that way
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Here are two thoughtful pieces regarding the atrocious fire in a tower block in London on the 15th. We can’t help but feel that London’s economic regime, aided and abetted by public policy, produced this fire. People in authority need to go to jail.
Already there are several clear lines of responsibility leading to both government and business which indicate the fire would have been prevented had some fairly moderate things been tended to. Unfortunately, the neoliberal economic regime in the UK is a beast now quite skilled at defending itself from acquiring responsibility for disasters of every kind from questionable privatization drives to botched wars.
UK public money is available for wars in the Middle East, for surveillance programs run by intelligence agencies, and extensive agricultural subsidies. The local government body responsible for the building recently handed out a property tax rebate and is one of the wealthiest in Britain with large amounts of money on hand. Real property in London represents a vast and profitable churn of billions of pounds yearly and social housing has been a component of that for many years. Why so little for the Grenfell’s residents?
We’ll see over the next few years if eighty or more lives are enough to change things.
Grenfell is a shameful symbol of a state that didn’t care
(755) Towers for the better
(485) Highrise hell [report]
(321) Rising high
(83) 1 Millionth Tower
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New Westminster renovictions leave low-income renters feeling desperate. Company says building hasn’t seen significant work since 1970 and renovations are necessary
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Toronto writer Jay Pitter looks at ten people and their housing experiences to find that we don’t have a suburban, rural, urban or northern problem but a national one.
Baltimore, MD. Out near I-695, just a stone’s throw from Golden Ring Plaza, a bad landlord plies his trade. Excellent work, Jared.
The beleaguered tenants of ‘Kushnerville’. Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law
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Here is a link to an impressive online application that maps Canadian data about rental accommodation. Yes, things can get dire pretty when you include cost and quality parameters in searches. Tons of data.
You know you are in a bubble when you are completely surrounded by people totally convinced you aren’t in a bubble. Things seemed to be heating up in the late 1980s, but that’s nearly a generation ago now…
How Canada completely lost its mind over real estate
Canada’s totally out-of-control real estate market has now gone completely mad – and there’s no turning back
(video 1:46 & numerous links)
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‘Shocking’ homeless count needs provincial help, says mayor. 199 homeless children, more than 70 makeshift camps and ‘unprecedented surge’ in homelessness in region
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Fighting reality usually makes its negative aspects worse. Yet, who doesn’t find the idea of a detached home with a few trees and some other bits of greenery surrounding it seductive? It does seem that the reality around that is way ahead of what just may be our biggest commonly held desire. Funnily enough, when reading Matt Elliot’s piece addressing our housing reality in today’s Metro banner ads popped up featuring a nice three-storey with big trees either side.
Why we should give up on the detached home dream.
Housing deserves a broader conversation. One that recognizes that Toronto must continue to move past its suburban roots
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