Category Archives: Housing

Lawrence Solomon: Who’s to blame for Toronto’s crazy real estate market? Surprise! It’s politicians

(March 16, 2017) Eliminate discrimination against tenants and the housing bubble would quickly disappear. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Bring back the rental market

(November 23, 2012) Halve the rate of home ownership. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Deregulate housing

(June 24, 2011) Unbridled home-owning has become the single biggest threat to Canada’s economic stability. Continue reading

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How skyscapers can save the city

(February 9, 2011) Harvard economist Edward Gleaser makes the case for denser cities in the March 2011 edition of The Atlantic. Below is an excerpt, with a link to the full article. Continue reading

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The boors nearby

(August 14, 2003) Homeowners worry about their homes’ property value, and how their neighbours affect it. The boors nearby (the word “neighbour” was formed by combining “nigh” and “boor”) do material harm: By failing to mow their lawns or paint their peeling shutters, they make the neighbourhood unsightly, lowering property values for all. Continue reading

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Plumb crazy

(August 7, 2003) How much did your toilet bowl cost you in water yesterday? Or your kids’ bathroom sink? Or your kitchen dishwashing machine? Continue reading

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Supply crisis looms

(June 20, 2003) The federal government’s last budget made a serious commitment to housing – a further $320-million in 2003 added to the $680-million in funding allocated in 2001 for subsidized housing. This is a billion dollars – big money in any league – to be matched by provincial contributions. Continue reading

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