16 March 2010

Is Toronto Weirdly (Relatively) Egalitarian?

Toronto is repeatedly compared to Chicago; people speak of the latter's superior architecture and public art, but also note its greater stratification of income and race. In the comments section of a recent Spacing Toronto post, Shawn Micallef opined that “the Loop and a few other places are stunning urbanism, but there are miles and miles of Chicago that are in huge decline with massive poverty levels, etc. In Toronto we ‘spread around the good’ so our downtown is not as killer, but our slums are, well, not nearly as slum-like. Urban socialism, of a kind.

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