“Missing Middle“ Story

Earlier this week, on the date that City Planning staff reported back on Expanding Housing Options in Toronto Neighbourhoods,  I invited residents to share their story of living in “missing middle”. I am happy to follow up with the story of Ward 9 resident Emile L. on Dovercourt Road who shared the following:

"I am a 26 year old young professional who has lived in a Detached House that was converted into 4 apartment units (one for each floor, and the basement). The building still has the same shape as it did when it was built over 100 years ago, and now house 12 people comfortably. I commute to downtown on transit, or bike, and greatly appreciate going out to the local bars and restaurants that are walking distance (and during pandemic times, going for take out). I say hello to my neighbors, and advocate for expanded bike lanes, use the parks with friends on weekends and boast about how cool the area is, bringing others to visit and go out around this area.

Living in this community, with these small businesses, restaurants, and community focused areas like benches, parks and bike lanes really helps me feel connected to both the neighborhood and Toronto. Not having any children, and being a fan of the neighborhood, I spend most of my money locally, and have gotten to know my neighbors. Without this housing option, I would be forced to live outside of the city and my investments, volunteering hours and community building would not have enriched this neighborhood, nor it me."

If anything in Emile’s story resonated with you or to share a different perspective we would like to continue asking for submissions...

We want to hear your experience with missing middle housing!

A large section of Davenport permits this type of housing in our R-zoned residential areas. We invite those of you receiving this E-newsletter who are either live in a duplex, triplex, quad, townhouse, stacked town or 3-4 storey apartment building to share your experience with fellow Torontonians. In areas where these housing types are not currently permitted, I think it might be helpful to hear from fellow Torotonians who have first-hand experience! Tell us what it’s like to live in this form of housing, in our neighbourhood. What does it mean to you to have this housing choice available?

Write to [email protected] with the subject I Live in Davenport “Missing Middle" with your story for us to share!


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