density creep

Toronto NIMBYs get thoroughly roasted

It all started with an article in the Toronto Star about a midtown residents group fighting a proposal to replace eight homes on Keewatin Avenue with midsize town house development. Calling themselves the Density Creep Neighbourhood Alliance, the group has come under wide ranging fire for one of the most ridiculous NIMBY stances in recent memory.

This is the choice quote from the article: "I'm really concerned about my property value going down," Lisa Goodwin told the paper. "Right now all the houses are $1.1 million to, say, $2.2 million, but they are looking to put in condos that are only $500,000."

Oh, the horror of it. If you're going to get your back up about development in your neighbourhood, no one's going to feel sorry for you if this is the project in question. You also won't find many friends who know a thing or two about urbanism or have read Jane Jacobs in their lives.

For a glimpse at all chiding, check out the #DensityCreep hashtag on Twitter.

Photo from @densitycreep


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