Comment 89679

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:27:17 in reply to Comment 89677

Yes: the article needed a bit more development!

Public and geared to income housing MUST be a big part of the picture. And ensuring geared to income housing is mixed with free market housing is necessary to avoid ghettoization. France is doing this on the larger scale by mandating 20% overall (and in Paris this mix has to be achieved in each of the 20 neighbourhoods), and Vancouver has experimented with mandating 20% geared to income in each new condo development.

Even Hamilton, which is still relatively affordable, has a huge backlog of social housing needs, and rising market values could be leveraged to provide more. Just being cheap isn't enough, and wealth can create opportunities (including more employment opportunities).

I am actually optimistic that Hamiltonians fatalistic attitude is changing, partly because of new arrivals who haven't been traumatized by the long decline of the city and partly because of resident-led efforts like RTH.

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