Toronto has found in Revitalization a creative, if imperfect, way to address long-term capital financing gaps. This memo explores the program in detail, to highlight how similar agency-developer partnerships could be a means to address capital financing challenges elsewhere. It concludes with two sets of recommendations: first, for Toronto, as it looks to future Revitalization projects; and second, for policymakers, cities, and social housing agencies interested in bringing a Revitalization-like program to their jurisdictions.
Our award-winning proposal in our housing design studio.
Do residents of social housing live in neighbourhoods with longer-than-average commute times, despite relatively good proximity to higher-order transit stations?
My pitch for DoubleUp, a proposal for ADU-backed securities. Our team is in the finals at the 2019 Harvard Real Estate Venture Competition and Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge.
150 Dan Leckie Way, 146 Fort York Boulevard, and 125 Queen’s Wharf Road, Toronto Photo via The Globe and Mail Photo via KPMB Architects Background on Toronto Community Housing Toronto has been a forest of cranes for the past few decades, with rapid growth in its core neighbourhoods transforming both the city’s skyline and residential…… Continue reading Toronto Community Housing CityPlace Block 32: A case study in affordable urban infill development
Leveraging Census and other data on economic and housing indicators, this study seeks to understand the particular threats faced by Chinatown in the near future—with a focus on the vulnerability of its large population of Asian low-income renters.
Exploring the potential for 18.3K ADUs to be profitable, affordable rental units in Toronto’s yards.
While government and private actors have been making small differences, the time has come for radical new solutions in conjunction with existing strategies. The novel policy recommendations that follow have been designed with California’s unique constraints in mind, and attempt to minimize financial impacts to all stakeholders while maximizing production, preservation, and protection.
By reappropriating control over the spaces they occupied, residents truly realized the spirit of Corbusier’s ideas—building a modern city for themselves, grounded in the freedom that the designer sought for them. Today, in Pessac, one can find the truest representation of a modernist garden suburb.
Mildly sarcastic insights about the changing distribution of pets in Toronto’s neighbourhoods.