Toronto Star

Housing crisis proves Toronto is not what it used to be


Re Toronto needs housing at any height. That includes in the Beach, Sept. 3

Emma Teitel is right that we have a housing crisis but she is totally wrong with her onward and upward solution. With her all or nothing attitude, she runs the risk of only warehousin­g people with resulting alienation, isolation and increases in mental health problems and crime.

Part of the problem is Toronto’s site-by-site approval process. Rather, a broader, more holistic approach with an eye to the elements needed to make an area a neighbourh­ood is needed.

Good planning principles include mixing uses so that large and small structures, higher density and lower density, green space, sky space, commercial and residentia­l are all combined. No Manhattan style corridors, no isolated residences where you need a car to get the necessitie­s of life. The most livable cities in the world have a higher ratio of green space and amenities to residences.

Toronto is not what it used to be. People came here for jobs but head offices of banks and major commerce have moved out of town. Industry has followed and many of the small industrial complexes have been replaced with housing. Why not encourage housing where the jobs have gone?

Gail Rutherford, Toronto

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