WHEN NEIGHBOURHOODS CHANGE
Change is good, right? Well, maybe. And in the case of gentrification, the answer's even murkier. Lulu Wei's documentary There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace tackles the issues that arise when wealthy people and businesses pour into existing neighbourhoods, drastically changing their character.
Wei lived in Mirvish Village, the Toronto home of Honest Ed's discount palace, frequented by working class immigrants for nearly 70 years. Developers bought the building and plan to make it an 800unit luxury building.
“I'm fascinated by how we build our cities and who we're building them for,” says Wei. “And (I) wanted to explore the line between preserving the parts of our cities that make them special while creating new spaces, since we're in the middle of a housing crisis.” The award-winning film airs Oct. 8 on CBC.