During my brief time as a Policy Planner with the City of Brampton, one of my responsibilities was to update the housing section of the Official Plan. As I was doing so, I came across a few things. One was the "estate housing" category, and the other was separation distances for group homes. I will only discuss the former. As I learned, Brampton intended to attract and, for a lack of a better term, segregate executives in the northeastern part of Brampton. These would be similar to a Bridle Path or Kingsway in Toronto's tony neighbourhoods. As someone who took issue to this, I sought to eliminate this category from the housing section. Since housing planning and policy was new to me, outside of building typologies, I was indirectly in favour of eliminating single family zoning.Read More
There is a renewed engagement with the role planners should take in the pursuit of social justice and social equity. Planners are privileged compared to marginalized communities. On the one hand, they can decide to use their privilege to their benefit by wielding power, status and knowledge and yet on the other hand assume positions of superiority during struggles for equality, Furthermore, they potentially sideline segments of marginalized communities with different concepts of social justice or how it should be achieved. Planners therefore hold power over theoretical and substantive knowledge that enables them to see what others cannot. Planners are privileged compared to marginalized communities.Read More
I woke up to a blog post from Toronto Housing Matters where they supported the Province of Ontario's decision to partially eliminate rent control on newer rental buildings.
The post continued into an academically, yet basic, economics argument on supply and demand, then moves to a discussion of why rent control is intrinsically horrible, especially for low-income renters. I wasn't convinced, so I did some digging.Read More