17 Oct The missing middle in Toronto’s housing debate.
Original article via Globe and Mail. Click here to read.
“The city is creating gated communities, closed off to low-income people.”
That’s Sarah Climenhaga, the progressive candidate for mayor, and those fiery words capture what could be the most important idea in this Toronto election: that public policy is making inequality and the housing crisis worse.
Ms. Climenhaga is picking up on an argument that’s been floated by progressive local planners and also by the Toronto Region Board of Trade: that Toronto is preventing “gentle density,” killing the construction of housing units in the service of so-called neighbourhood character.