Comment 70586

By Laura, Advocacy Hamilton (anonymous) | Posted October 14, 2011 at 16:15:18

And the gentrification debate continues...

Having returned from a stint of living in Toronto's Parkdale I can honestly say that gentrification of West Queen West reflects of all these comments.

Yes, the area has high turnover of lower income individuals. The problem is, as affluence moves in, these units become unaffordable as landlords realize their potential. So yes, there is displacement.

The question is not whether to allow it or not, but how we as a community respond to it.

West Queen West was not, 3 years ago, a good example of mixed income community. It was more like two communities living side by side ignoring each other. It has gotten better but they have a ways to go.

So, it's not a question of whether or not it will occur but how do we make sure we develop a sense of community in these areas. How do we create community so that people have a sense of belonging and are less apt to leave?

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