Tag Archives: housing

(1088) Aging apartment stock


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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(1070) A good thing in Milwaukee


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.

Transforming a ‘barracks’ into a neighborhood. Connecting housing by using a neighborhood pattern improves the lives of moderate income residents
CNU Public Square

For more about the types of housing it might behoove North Americans to look into a little more assertively:
missingmiddlehousing.com

(1059) Woods & basements

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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.
Beyond Toronto’s borders, homeless means living in the woods. Camps of men without any place to go are situated on Newmarket’s fringes
Hidden poverty lurks in basements of Vaughan monster homes, advocates say. ‘They see the beautiful homes in Vaughan and say, ‘There’s no problem here’

(1056) Survey strengthens call to license landlords

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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.
State of disrepair: tenant survey bolsters call for landlord licensing. Cockroaches, bedbugs, poor ventilation, faulty elevators and lack of heat top list of problems in Toronto apartments
thestar.com

(1036) Permanent crisis

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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.

The permanent crisis of housing. Under capitalism, housing is never secure for the workers

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