Published: 18th Mar 2011

Poverty in Toronto’s residential tower blocks has become so concentrated that campaigners are pushing for action before they reach the point of no return. Clare Goff reports High-rise apartments have long been associated with poverty. But in the Canadian city of Toronto, concentrations of ‘vertical poverty’ have risen in the last 25 years in line with declining incomes and rising housing costs. In a new study, local charity United Way Toronto considers the impact of greater concentrations of poverty on housing stock and communities and highlights the success of a partnership approach to turning around blighted areas. Can Britain learn lessons from how Canada’s largest city is dealing with a growing affordability gap? Despite overall material increases in the last 30 years the gap between rich and poor has grown. Poverty has become concentrated, a fact that can be mapped physically in many cities across the UK and around the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)