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Communities In Bloom Coming To Barrie

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'Barrie showing off it’s Bloom this week.The 25th edition of Communities in Bloom features Barrie in the International Challenge Large category The other locales in the running include: Coquitlam, British Columbia Halesowen, United Kingdom Lexington, Kentucky Székesfehérvár, Hungary Wood Buffalo, Alberta This is the 22nd year that Barrie has been in the competition.The communities will be rated from 1 to 5 Blooms, based on the scoring obtained.The evaluation will happen Tuesday through Thursday.The city is reminding all businesses and residents to tidy up their property before the judges arrive.The National and International results will be announced in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from September 25th to 28th, during the Symposium and Awards Ceremonies. . The post Communities In Bloom Coming To Barrie appeared first on Barrie 360 .'

Push provides a fascinating primer on why the cost of urban housing continues to skyrocket

Residence National Post

Chris Knight: Push doesn’t hide its politics any more than director Fredrik Gertten’s last doc, Bikes vs. Cars
'One can almost feel the ghost of Jane Jacobs hovering over this well-meaning documentary, whose mild title – Push – refers to the way the urban poor are thrust out of neighbourhoods they can no longer afford. Gentrification, it’s often called, to which one of the film’s experts responds: “If only. It’s much deeper than that.” Read More'

$22/hr wage needed to survive in a two-bedroom apartment in Canada—report

Residence The Post Millennial

A minimum wage of $12.65 in Vancouver means one would have to work a 112-hour week to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
'According to a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report, minimum-wage earners would need to work much longer hours to afford an average two-bedroom unit. “The rental wage across the country is $22 an hour for a two-bedroom or $20 an hour for a one-bedroom,” report author and economist David Macdonald said Wednesday. “But it’s much more in big cities like Vancouver and Toronto.”  According to Global News , the report established that 31 out of 36 Canadian cities don’t have a single neighbourhood where a minimum wage earner could afford a two-bedroom apartment.  “It’s actually true in almost all the big cities in Canada that even at the neighbourhood level, you can’t find a one- or two-bedroom apartment being affordable for a minimum wage worker,” Macdonald said.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) data was used to calculate housing costs.According to the report, increasing housing costs impact a third of all Canadians.Since minimum wages are less than rental wages, minimum wage earners are spending around a third of their income on housing. “It’s very difficult for someone working at or near minimum wage to find a decent place to live,” Macdonald said.The report suggests what the minimum wages for most major cities should be, while also calculating the exact number of hours one would need to work in order to afford an apartment.Vancouver A minimum wage of $12.65 in Vancouver means one would have to work a 112-hour week to afford a two-bedroom apartment.The suggested minimum wage for Vancouver is $35.43, almost three times the wage today.Toronto With a $14 minimum wage, one would have to work 96 hours a week.The suggested wage for Toronto is close to $34 an hour.Calgary Currently, with a $15 minimum wage, one would need to labour for 72 hours a week.The suggested wage is $27 per hour.Ottawa At $14 an hour, one would need to work for 74 hours a week.The suggested wage is $26 an hour.Halifax At $11.55 an hour, 78 hours of work a week would be needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment.The suggested wage should be $23 an hour.Montreal At $12 an hour, one would need to work for 54 hours a week to live in a two-bedroom apartment.The suggested wage is not much higher at $16 an hour. . The post $22/hr wage needed to survive in a two-bedroom apartment in Canada—report appeared first on The Post Millennial .'

Rental prices leveling out in major European cities

Residence REMINET

After continuous, and sometimes steep, increases in rent in major European cities over the past few years, prices seem to have plateaued and are leveling out this quarter, according to a new report from HousingAnywhere.
'After continuous, and sometimes steep, increases in rent in major European cities over the past few years, prices seem to have plateaued and are leveling out this quarter, according to the HousingAnywhere International Rent Index for July 2019.The HousingAnywhere International Rent Index analyses data from over 88,417 rental listings covering a timespan from Q1 2018 to Q2 2019 in major European cities, including: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, Rotterdam, and Vienna. “We already caught a glimpse of rental prices reaching a ceiling in the past quarter, but now the trend has been substantiated,” says Djordy Seelmann, CEO of HousingAnywhere. “Tenants are simply not willing or able to pay higher rents, even though the scarcity on the housing market remains as concerning as it was a year ago.” While all markets saw rental prices increase once again in Q2 of 2019, the rise was considerably less steep than in previous quarters.Across all the cities indexed for rental prices, Barcelona has shown the biggest overall increase year over year.But looking at this past quarter, Barcelona is now among the cities showing the smallest overall increase. “A ceiling is being approached, but this slowdown is not caused by a rise in the number of apartments, studios, and rooms on offer,” Seelmann says. “There is still an urgent need for solutions that increase the number of apartments and rooms, to solve the European-wide problem of housing for young professionals and students.” Markets continuing to climb Across all of the cities indexed for rental prices, Barcelona has shown the biggest overall increase year over year.Prices for apartments have risen by 10.07 per cent, studios by 7.17 per cent, and private rooms by 0.76 per cent.Prices are leveling out however, as a ceiling seems to have been reached: solely looking at the past quarter, Barcelona is among the cities showing a small overall increase.Rotterdam, as compared to 2018, shows rising prices across the board with a 3.27 per cent increase for apartments, 7.31 per cent for studios and 6.50 per cent for private rooms.With an average rent of EUR 1287 per month, Rotterdam is the most expensive city in the HousingAnywhere International Rent Index.Brussels remains one of the cheapest cities to rent in, but compared to 2018, this city witnessed an increase in apartment prices by 2.93 per cent, studio prices by 8.99 per cent and private rooms by 5.59 per cent.The wide availability of housing, and the flexible attitude of the municipality regarding project development and building transformation, ensures a healthy rental market, for both tenants and landlords.Rental cap: “Not a long-term solution” Following the news that Berlin was going to apply an ‘emergency cap’ to rent, the demand for such a measure grew in other European cities.In the Netherlands, the option is currently under examination by the House of Representatives, and the ‘emergency cap for middle segment rents’ is widely supported.But, although a rental freeze could stop rental prices from increasing further, Seelmann argues it does not change what is on offer. “If real estate developers earn less, the housing market becomes a less appealing investment option.We already see an effect on the number of real estate deals that are closed,” he said, referring to statistics cited in the Europe Capital Trends report by Real Capital Analytics. “The European average in real estate deals is down by 32 per cent – its lowest point in six years.Stimulating new construction remains the best solution to real-estate scarcity.In the shorter term, the re-development and -design of existing buildings can also offer some room for breathing.There is an urgent need for dialogue between the stakeholders – that is; tenants, landlords, property investors, and politicians.Only then can a long-term and sustainable solution for the housing market can be found.” . The post Rental prices leveling out in major European cities appeared first on REMINET .'

Strathcona offers new hybrid mixed-use typology

Residence REMINET

Strathcona Village, designed by GBL Architects, is a mixed-use industrial and residential development considered the first of its kind in North America.
'Strathcona Village, designed by GBL Architects, is a mixed-use industrial and residential development considered the first of its kind in North America.The 300,000 square foot building covering almost an entire city block is located on East Hastings Street in Strathcona, one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods.The site of the development, near the downtown core, on the edge of the Port of Vancouver, has historically been one of industry.An innovative approach was called for to maintain existing industrial space while increasing the local housing supply in the area.The Strathcona Village project successfully pioneered the integration of previously considered incompatible programs into a new hybrid mixed-use typology for Vancouver.The development is a sustainable community model, providing much needed affordable housing, while maintaining and generating light industry in the neighbourhood where approximately thirty percent of its population work locally.The building includes 70 units of city-owned social housing, 23 of which are rented at shelter rates in addition to 17 that are designed for families with young children, meeting the Downtown Eastside Housing Plan. “Strathcona Village’s mix of uses, combining much-needed affordable homes with job spaces in PDR (production, distribution repair) demonstrates how innovation in planning and development can help us achieve our city’s sustainability and economic goals,” said Kira Gerwing, former City of Vancouver planner, currently senior manager of community investment, Vancity Credit Union. “This project represents a model of revitalization without displacement in a neighbourhood that still strives for meaningful development policies that enable economic inclusion coupled with safe and adequate housing.This model for mixed-use projects that retain light industrial businesses should scale to other urban centres in our region.We know these uses are critical to building a robust, diverse, and sustainable urban economy.” The building’s mass is distributed across three low rise residential towers that sit atop a substantial multilevel mixed-use podium.By taking advantage of the site’s one-storey topographic drop between the main street and the laneway, the industrial program in combination with retail and office spaces, are located at grade across two, double-height levels of podium. “Incorporating these light industrial uses on the ground level allowed us to accommodate a significant portion of the development to residential use without altering the character of the neighbourhood,” explained Daniel Eisenberg, project lead, GBL Architects.Careful design considerations and programmatic distribution create an animated cadence along the building’s main public elevation with the industrial spaces, defined as Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) interspersed with residential entrance lobbies.The robust and lively nature of the PDR space is celebrated through the inclusion of large doors and windows that open directly onto the main street providing superior working conditions within and enhancing interchange with the public realm.The street elevation zigzags along its length, emulating the historic ‘sawtooth’ massing pattern of the main street.This articulation provides open space at grade for residents in addition to creating a generous south facing public plaza at the eastern end of the development.The 3,000 sf plaza is a focal point for activities at street level, with a pedestrian access route through the building the public is invited to access the industrial spaces, which may include ancillary retail, and to share breathtaking mountain views overlooking the Port.   . The post Strathcona offers new hybrid mixed-use typology appeared first on REMINET .'