The ways we build cities and keep ourselves housed should reflect our stable, rational, well-centred selves. In other words, they should be an expression of us as sensible, grown up people participating in a balanced and healthy civilization that downplays the greed. No?
Tax overseas speculators:
Speculative activity in Toronto worse than we thought: TD
bnn.com (video 6:31)
Encourage the builders and developers to serve us all:
Why real estate developers are ignoring the middle class, and why some industry leaders worry ‘it will come back to haunt us’
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A series on the expiration of suburbia has just started up on Business Insider. What if all the complexity we have insisted upon is just not manageable? All those complicated roofs just not repairable?
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Residential buildings for Canada’s working people don’t appear to be much like fine wines when it comes to aging.
This strong piece from The Tyee looks into what kind of shape the places we rent are in. You might be surprised to know just how old most of our apartment structures are. Condition needs to be considered right alongside availability when it comes to the rental stock.
Should old rental buildings be saved — or sacrificed?
A building boom decades ago is still housing half of Canada’s tenants. But time is running out on a generation of apartment buildings
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After having read the recent non-fiction bestseller Evicted we feared no good news about housing could ever come out of Milwaukee barring a full scale miracle. Then we read a little about a sensible undertaking in that US city that seeks to answer to the problem of the ‘missing middle’. Nice.
For more about the types of housing it might behoove North Americans to look into a little more assertively:
Look, it isn’t that we hate Vancouver but that town is gonna pop an aorta any day now …and it won’t have anyone to blame but itself.
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Backlash. We think that’s what you call it when an idea turns and inflicts a set of consequences. In this case, it’s the sprawl so enthusiastically embraced in so many parts of southern Ontario in the 1980s and 1990s. For lots of folks, SUVs and monster homes are still working well. For others, not so much. It seems a confluence of resources, inequality and a stunning lack of imagination are problematic indeed when it comes to community design. To wit, recent pieces at cbc.ca/news. Woods and basements, people.
Downright backwards is how it seems to us that landlords are not licensed in a major city where rents are very high. How else to keep standards strong? A new survey of tenants reveals neglect on the part of many Toronto landlords, adding gravity to the call for licensing.
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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