AS BOTH LONDON & TORONTO RAPIDLY CHANGE, EVEN THE MIDDLE CLASS IS BEING SHUT OUT

AFFORDABILITY4LONDON, England is in a class by itself. The cost of housing there is staggering, and out of reach for regular folks. “What creativity can there be when only money can buy you your next opportunity?” asks a filmmaker who’s not just leaving the city, but the country.  Communication design lecturer REBECCA ROSS is heading a billboard project stating LONDON’s increasing unaffordability in black and white.

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AFFORDABILITY1TORONTO has just been named “the income inequality capital of Canada” in a United Way study released on February 27. Drawing on a growing body of research on income disparity, the report warns TORONTO’s growing divide could dampen social mobility, weaken community bonds and undermine economic stability.  Some other cities in the same boat: San Francisco, New York City and Vancouver. They stand accused of declaring war on the middle class.