Who is best po­si­tioned to fight for ur­ban re­newal?

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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

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