This is the third of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.
At first glance, the proposed changes to the built environment in Mirvish Village are dizzying. Towers, trees on roofs, a mélange of midrise buildings with equally variegated facades, and a glass covered public market combine to create a built environment that is unrecognizable from the low rise massing currently inhabiting the space. It is what makes this project so complex, and so fascinating to be a part of.
As we march towards the Canadian Federal elections, a topic of interest to many urban planners has gained considerable attention: affordable housing. A recent study conducted by a consortium of affordable housing groups in Canada tells us why: 1 in 5 renters in Canada allocates fifty percent or more of their monthly income to shelter costs. There should be no equivocating on the enormity of this conclusion. We are in an affordable housing crisis.
This is the first of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.
Toronto is celebrated for its varied neighbourhoods, multicultural milieu, and vibrant street life. However, like all cities, its urban and social fabric is a function of shifting policies, social movements and urban development. In short, the Toronto we know has evolved through time, with some histories erased and others preserved. The one constant is change. Continue reading