Cherise Burda, Toronto Storeys:
Affordability is no longer a crisis confined to supportive housing; it has jumped the income band to include most people in Toronto who do not already own homes — working and middle-class, even high-wage earners. Part of the challenge in delivering appropriate and affordable housing is that a “tall and sprawl” pattern of development has emerged in the Greater Toronto Area: One-bedroom condos at high-density nodes or single-family homes at increasingly distant locations on the urban fringe.
We hear a lot about the loss of talent, but so much more is at stake. This housing flight guts Toronto of its occupational and income diversity — the sales and service people, health-care workers, creatives, teachers and others that the city needs to function and thrive.