Image by Sasha Plotnikova for The McGill Daily
The McGill Daily’s special issue on Housing is on newsstands and they’ve invented a new word for the invasion of student in the city — studentification.
And a reminder about why the Milton-Parc neighbourhood is often called the McGill Ghetto and why longtime residents are fed up. Graffiti anyone? “We’re not just talking about noise. We’re talking about pissing on sidewalks, on lanes, and vomiting and falling on the sidewalk drunk so that your boyfriend has to pick you up from the ground.” The Student Society of McGill University is trying to be the good neighbour and smooth over relationships with the community.
Pointe-Saint-Charles residents want a community centre to be built on the old CN yards.
McGill professor Avi Friedman takes a creative approach on housing and community building.
And finally the editorial collective argues for more non-profit housing and suggests some legislation that could help:
A more democratic vision of housing entails increased funding and better legislation. The provincial government should buy private buildings to convert into social housing, as well as build new Low-Cost Housing. The housing group FRAPRU has called for legislation that would require municipalities to secure 20 per cent social housing among new developments. Municipalities should also have the power to expropriate dilapidated or abandoned buildings or unused property or land. Another option is to turn “inclusion” – the voluntary policy whereby private owners include a portion of social housing units in their developments – into an compulsory practice.