Is it just us or is there something ominous about the content at the link below? For working people in Canada the jacking up of rents that has gone along with the real estate bubble is akin to a substance toxic indeed.
Something’s happening in Canadian real estate that hasn’t been seen in 47 years
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Oh dear, we admit we’ve dodged directly addressing gentrification at suburban-poverty.com for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s more often attached to the core of a given city than its suburbs. Also, the g-word seems to shut conversation down because of its controversial dimension. These two items might help us unpack things, at least a bit.
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Words on the big picture from Canadian economist Jim Stanford:
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We see that one feature of deindustrialization is the idealization of manufacturing as a source of employment at good wages and for good purposes. Taking raw materials and adding value to them by transforming them into cars, musical instruments, Christmas ornaments, kitchen appliances and so forth is upheld by most as a good thing. Known as a font of pride and prosperity for many communities in the past, we often hear lamentations at the loss of industrial jobs and detect a fear at the spread of precarious work in its place. Others nurture their nostalgia for the industrial past, wishing to make America great again, for example.
With such things in mind, we came across a couple of features recently. One looks into the economics of returning the United States to a manufacturing-based economy (not gonna happen). The second pays a visit to a city in China that churns out a vast daily tonnage of plastic crap for consumption via dollar stores in formerly industrial places (Merry Christmas!). The third takes a position on Donald Trump’s neocon nihilism (not pretty).
Why Trump won’t save the rust belt
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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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