Home ownership in a Canadian city: Reports from various ‘flat’ stories

The houses, known as laneway houses, are an attempt to ease Toronto’s housing crunch by allowing residents to live in larger homes on smaller lots. The plan’s success hinges on shovels in the ground….

Home ownership in a Canadian city: Reports from various 'flat' stories

The houses, known as laneway houses, are an attempt to ease Toronto’s housing crunch by allowing residents to live in larger homes on smaller lots. The plan’s success hinges on shovels in the ground. But while work on a key pilot project is underway, too few people have responded to the city’s call for residents to put in requests to build a house on their property. Brian Hutchinson reports.

Toronto’s mega-heavily-manned arteries are choking. If you can’t get in and out of a mall or office building, it may as well be the North Korean border.

Welcome to the land of the flats.

A much slower paced life and a grander house design may finally be coming to Toronto.

Laneway houses, a plan to build homes on lots bigger than five feet by 8 feet, will take time to get off the ground. Work on the first pilot project has already started and only a couple of vendors are vying for the right to build three homes for the test project at Oxford Subdivision in Scarborough.

Earlier this year, about 10 per cent of the property owners in the area said they wanted to live in laneway houses. The town hall call from the city made 8,000 requests to put in a home request, an admittedly smaller number than there were originally projected.

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