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House Divided

edited by John Lorinc; Cheryll Case; Annabel Vaughan & Alex Bozikovic

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What happens to a city that's become too expensive to live in?

Toronto’s leafy neighbourhoods are famously stable. Yet the strict protections afforded homeowners have made housing unaffordable and unavailable for rapidly growing segments of the population. If current trends continue unchecked, the city risks not only increasing social polarization and economic instability, but also an exodus by the next generation. House Divided is a provocative and timely anthology whose diverse contributors unpack how we arrived at this impasse and, more importantly, offer innovative ideas for fixing a badly broken system.

These thought-provoking essays examine how targeted planning reforms combined with ‘missing middle’ housing types -- such as semis, duplexes, walkups, and laneway units -- represent the answer to one of the greatest challenges facing cities today: how to accommodate growing urban populations in an affordable and sustainable way.

About the Authors
John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist and editor. He reports on urban affairs, politics, business, technology, and local history for a range of media, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Walrus, Maclean’s, and Spacing, where he is senior editor. John is the author of three books, including The New City (Penguin, 2006), and has co-edited four other anthologies for Coach House Books: The Ward (2015), Subdivided (2016), Any Other Way (2017), and The Ward Uncovered (2018). John is the recipient of the 2019/2020 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.
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Cheryll Case is the founding principal of CP Planning, a groundbreaking urban planning firm that digs deep into addressing the urban conditions that affect access to housing, work, and play. She specializes in designing inclusive conversations that build relationships between various stakeholders within the non-profit, private, and public sectors. To facilitate conversation, Cheryll uses research, data analysis, and storytelling to describe community relationships with land. Since graduating from Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program in 2017, Cheryll has been a driving force in public discourse about community planning and belonging.
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Annabel Vaughan is an Architect and Project Manager at era Architects Inc. Her recent interest lies in the intersection between architecture as a spatial practice reflected in a single built work and the broader role of architecture as an agent for cultural production in the city. She writes, teaches and participates regularly in discussions concerning the role that architecture and public art can play as agents of political change in the city. Her professional work includes small-scale landscape architecture insertions, civic and residential building design, urban design and research, performance art lectures, and curatorial projects.
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Alex Bozikovic is the Globe and Mail’s architecture critic, covering architecture and urbanism. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for Architectural Record, Azure, Dwell, and Toronto Life. Alex is an author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (2017). In 2019, he served as a jury member for the City of Edmonton’s Missing Middle Design Competition.
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