Who is best positioned to fight for urban renewal?
Re Combating winner-takes-all of ‘New Urban
Crisis,’ April 11 Richard Florida does us a great service in providing the data and analysis regarding our current urban crisis.
Unfortunately, he falls short in the remedy department by failing to recognize the reality of the entrenched power of banks and developers in the city to resist the very improvements he is looking for.
Thus, he wants to build more affordable rental housing without saying how. He wants to “engage the private sector in upgrading low-wage service jobs.” Why would the private sector be interested in such a thing?
If there is to be “engagement,” I suggest it would come best through supporting organizations such as unions and socialjustice organizations that are fighting for affordable housing, higher wages and a decent transportation system. Tim Heffernan, Toronto