I was driving to the office from the Junction last week, and I passed a brave individual waiting at this bus stop on Parkside Drive: I immediately thought to myself, “what an undignified and silly bus stop.” There’s a little bit of paving so you… Read More
Monthly archives of “April 2022”
Forget infill development, why not just build entirely new cities?
We talk a lot on this blog about how best to intensify and add housing to our existing cities. But here’s alternative approach: Why not just built entirely new cities? This way you don’t have to worry about fixing any of the things that are… Read More
Over $26 trillion in US homeowner equity
Last year was a pretty good year for people who own a home in the US (or in Canada and many other places). Current estimates peg the total value of US residential real estate at somewhere around $40 trillion. But of course, a lot of… Read More
The infamous 45-degree angular plane
The Toronto mid-rise housing typology is known for architectural forms that often end up looking something like this: The reason for this is the infamous “45-degree angular plane” that gets applied when new developments abut low-rise residential neighborhoods. It is a way to transition down… Read More
A mapping of US rental housing rents, scraped from Craigslist
This is an interesting way of seeing rental housing rents (national scale). And there’s a lot that you can glean from a mapping like this. But it’s also interesting in that what you are seeing here is a visualization of some 11 million Craigslist rental… Read More
[Video] Are NIMBYs selfish?
Peter Baugh tweeted this out on Monday. Essentially, he attended a community meeting for a new housing project in his neighborhood. He spoke in favor of the proposed development. And was then accused of being a developer shill. His comments were subsequently no longer allowed… Read More
Twitter > Instagram
If I had to pick only one social network to use, it would be Twitter. I, of course, also enjoy Instagram because I like taking photos. But if I had to pick one, it would be Twitter. I just find that Instagram is more about… Read More
Planner Sean Hertel shared this (embedded above) on Twitter over the weekend. It is a lawn sign from Toronto’s Junction neighborhood that is calling for a stop to demolishing family houses for high rises. From what I can tell, this law sign is trying to… Read More
Mass timber construction next?
We poured the last section of our level 4 slab at Junction House yesterday. As I was leaving the site, I tweeted this photo out from Watkinson Avenue. What you are seeing is the northwest corner of the building where we have seven two-storey towns… Read More
Zoned housing supply vs. actual housing supply
This Twitter thread by UC Davis Law Professor, Chris Elmendorf, is a good reminder that there can be a meaningful difference between actual completed homes and zoned land that might one day becoming new housing. The point he makes is as follows: The state of… Read More