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By CityHome 4 life (anonymous) | Posted September 28, 2009 at 19:41:58

I read the first comment above with someone bitching about housing in Hamilton being turned into "welfare" housing. I find a lot of places on the internet that like to bash and bastardize the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled... Working in the downtown core of Toronto there is next to no mixed income housing in the area. No instead the city has decided to make the outer reaches of the megacity a dumping ground for those unable to afford a $300,000 home. Back in the 1970s and 1980s Canada had the werewithal to care more about equal rights, now it is might over right. Take a walk through the St. Lawrence neighbourhood east of Union Station and you will see mixed income living in action. No fifty story condo towers, just low rise ten story buildings; some co-operatives, some non profit housing and some condominiums; all built in the late 1970s thru to the late 1990s. Perhaps when the voting public returns to making life more equal for everyone we will learn to shed ourselves of the self oriented mindset left behind by Harris/Mulruney/Chretien.

P.S. If anyone is interested in learning about the history of housing in Canada and the government mandated programs for affordable housing I would recommend a book by John Sewell called "Houses and Homes: Housing for Canadians". It was published in 1994 so it only gets up to the point when the Chretien/Martin government abolished all federal capital finding for new non-profit housing development back in early 1994. There is also "The Shape of the City" published in 1993 also by Sewell and "The Shape of the Suburbs" by Mr. Sewell as well, which just came out this year.

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