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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We were thinking a powerful overview would be nice for suburban-poverty.com’s 1000th posting. We came across exactly that in the form of a podcast from US academic Scott Allard.
The suburbanization of U.S. poverty
(August 2016) 19:03
Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin
Truth for smug Canadians via moments of return from writer Jay Pitter as she walks the Toronto social housing complex she lived in during the 1980s. Excerpted from Subdivided, City-Building In An Age of Hyperdiversity, a new release from Coach House Press.
A visit to the social housing community of my childhood
Fairfax County, Virginia is probably still a great place to be a loaded, property-owning American. But, it does sound like it just isn’t quite what it used to be financially, or otherwise, and in that it seems to point to the trend for most of the country’s aging suburbs.
This model of wealthy suburban living is starting to fray
The workers catering to the Hamptons’ super-rich: ‘this is not paradise for me’. Among the women paying $1,000 for a massage and the men lounging in $100m homes in the billionaires’ playground of the Hamptons is a largely unseen, mostly Latino, workforce toiling all summer in order to survive the winter
image: screen grab theguardian.com
image: Phillip Pessar via Flickr/CC
“It is amazing how life can be turned upside down in such a short period of time. We were confident in our decision to have a large family. We never expected my husband’s six-figure salary to disappear.”
Suburban poverty, hidden on tree-lined streets