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Vertical Poverty

The United Way released a report today outlining the current state of apartment – tower living in the GTA. The report’s finding are based on several thousand interviews with tower residents, and contains important recommendations to improve the livability of apartment neighbourhoods.

ERA has long been involved with these Tower Neighbourhoods, and has championed the Tower Neighbourhood Renewal initiative from it’s very inception. For further background on the issue, please visit the Tower Renewal Blog, and the Centre for Urban Growth + Renewal website, which features a related Provincial report: Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: An Analysis of High-Rise Apartment Tower Neighbourhoods Developed in the Post-War Boom (1945-1984), released last month.  ERA participated in the United Way Vertical Poverty report as peer reviewer. Similarly, the tower research team at the United Way was a peer reviewer for ERA and planningAlliance’s recent study.

Visit the Vertical Poverty website, where you can download the full report and/or the executive summary in PDF format.

Read the summary articles in the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.