Mary T Thomas 
Member since Aug 8, 2013

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Re: “Best Fish & Chips

Sorry - The Old Triangle all the way :)

Posted by Mary T Thomas on 11/03/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Pushed out by gentrification?

I'm not sure I see the real problem. There are many places I cannot live as well, even though I don't receive rent-geared-to-income subsidy. People who do receive this subsidy may be living in social housing, which targets rent at the necessary level, and this housing isn't being redeveloped. The open market housing for people on low-income is tighter because it's impossible to make money from building 100% low-income housing, and the Province doesn't put enough money into subsidies for new stock/rents. There are, however places to go that may not be in the immediate neighbourhood. Services follow where patrons go.

If you can find housing elsewhere maybe the question is: what is the importance of neighbourhood identity and sense of place? Do people have rights to their neighbourhood? At what point is your neighbourhood YOURS and you then have more rights to it? Should people have the right to keeping their children in one school for the entirety of their schooling? What about landowners - should they have the rights to rent to the highest renter? How far is appropriate to have someone move to find housing? People of all income levels do this every day ... look for something within their price range. If I were a longtime resident and homeowner on Creighton Street and I were to sell my home - should I be limited to selling it for less-than-market value to a landlord renting out to people on low income?

Still confused.

44 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Mary T Thomas on 08/08/2013 at 1:14 PM

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