We cannot build this type of housing on two thirds of the land in Toronto. The homes below are in Montreal three-quarters of the city’s residences are apts in duplexes, rowhouses, semi-detached houses, or buildings with fewer than five stories. 2/ Montreal has less land covered in SFH in comparison to Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary.
Jun 16 • 24 tweets • 4 min read
1/ Freeland details 8.9B in financial supports - 1.7B to the Canada Worker's Benefits, increasing OAS by 10%, providing $500 to low income earners, reducing child care by 50%, free dental coverage for families earning less than 90k,⬆️ benefits indexed to inflation#cdnpoli #onpoli2/ She states that compared to 96% in the US. She states unemployment rate is 5.1%. She states young ppl, indigenous Canadians, newcomers & women have benefitted from this.
Jun 15 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
1/How many progressives who push for social housing have lived or visited social housing? I have spent over 15 yrs working with vulnerable ppl & can tell you many of the places I visited were poorly maintained. Here are some media images: 2/ this is a failure on all levels of govt but keep in mind the federal govt has access to the most levers & funds to change this narrative
May 21 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
1/Polykatoikia in Athens, Greece
concrete apartments with tiered balconies — were built quickly to create affordable housing, but their design has stood the test of time.
2/Greeks created their own funding system called antiparochi, in which developers saved themselves the cost of buying land by giving landowners a share of the constructed units when they were completed.
Apr 5 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
1/"Home ownership can be an enabler and inhibitor of women’s “urban citizenship.” Applying a historical lens to current trends, it is important to question how these structures — both physical and social — impact women’s access to the city." #TOpoli spacing.ca/toronto/2019/0…
2/"Housing is an important part of women’s “urban citizenship,” noted Mount Allison University Professor Leslie Kern in a 2005 study, and downtown condos can offer financial stability, proximity to services and amenities, and greater access to transit and jobs."
Apr 5 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
1/The war against apartment buildings was a war against women. "The citizens of Toronto the Good, however, strongly resisted apartment buildings, worried about property values & moral correctness." #TOpoli#onpoli
2/"They saw it as a very threatening form of development, much more so than residents of Montreal, New York or anywhere in Britain"
Apr 4 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
1/Great piece by the 5th estate regarding the renting crisis. Feds have failed on providing social housing for the most vulnerable, and it is shameful that the housing minister will not even state the # of affordable units built nor the price of rent. #cdnpoli#onpoli
2/The other piece shown in this is the eviction of vulnerable groups - ppl with disabilities, racialized, newcomers, single mothers & low-income ppl. It causes displacement, and literally puts some on the streets.
Apr 3 • 22 tweets • 4 min read
1/Backing out of a RE deal can have serious consequences if the sellers demonstrate there were losses they suffered. In 2017 after a euphoria in the RE market and then a change in sentiment there were some ppl who did not close. This is a brief summary of one case 🧵#ToRE
2/When the residential real estate market is a rising market, most people - perhaps with the exception of first time buyers, are happy homeowners and investors. When the market turns and drops, it is not for the faint of heart.