As James Street North and South continue their upwardly mobile climb into thriving thoroughfares, there's a useful reminder in today's Star about the dangers of gentrification.
Some of James Street's newest residents have been transplanted from Queen West in Toronto. Scared away by the steep rents and the changing face of this once eclectic downtown stretch, Toronto's artistic community and Mom and Pop entrepreneurs are heading to the burbs, and as far afield as Hamilton, in search of affordable housing and a more receptive market for their wares.
The Star article highlights three main reasons for the "gentrification trap":
I find it a shame when a cool mixed neighbourhood becomes a little 'too successful'. Give me a Bad Dog or Infusions over another Starbucks any day. As I've said repeatedly on these pages, the best neighbourhoods are the mixed ones.
The trick is knowing how to keep them that way.
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