In TORONTO, downtown-dwelling millennials now make up close to half the population. They’ve largely abandoned cars, take public transit, have fuelled new office and condo development, and are driving urban renewal in Canada’s largest city.
In a 10-city study by commercial brokerage firm CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD, city cores from Mexico City to Manhattan, Chicago to Washington, Boston to San Francisco, Miami to Atlanta, Los Angeles to TORONTO are exploding with an influx of millennials (those born between the early 1980’s and late 1990’s. They want to live close to work and the action. Because of gentrification and the high cost of housing in the core, some families and the urban poor are being forced to move further out to the fringes. Critical transit improvements are needed in most of the world’s major cities. They’re being hobbled by red tape, too many impact studies, NIMBYism and a lack of funding, the report says.
The entire report is online at: http://www.cushmanwakefield.com/~/media/reports/corporate/Global%20Reports/CW_North%20American%20Transit%20Report%20Fall%202014.pdf
Los Angeles-based Canadian artist JESSE COLIN JACKSON has been photographing tower apartment neighbourhoods since 2006. “Radiant City”, his most ambitious project on the subject to date, focuses on TORONTO’s aging tower blocks and their significance to the city.
As TORONTO goes ahead with plans to revitalize many of these buildings, Jackson’s work reveals the size and complexities they embody. Oftentimes they’re home to incoming immigrant populations, essential housing for a quarter of the city’s population, the location of much of TORONTO’s urban poverty, products of planning ideologies gone awry, locations of past glory, current dynamism and future potential.
JESSE COLIN JACKSON is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine; and has previously taught at the University of Toronto and OCAD University. <PHOTOS ABOVE – 1) The Buckingham, 714 + 716 The West Mall; 2) 3151 Bridletown Circle; 3) 190 Exbury Road & 2269 Jane Street; 4) Leaside Towers, 85 + 96 Thorncliffe Park Drive; 5) Riverside Apartments, 2737 + 2757 Kipling Avenue>