Toronto group protests against ‘density creep’

A group called the Density Creep Neighbourhood Alliance are protesting against a proposed development in Toronto which would replace eight single-family homes with 80 stacked townhouses.

The group has launched an SOS (“save our streets”) campaign and are concerned that the new homes, some of which would sell for as little as $369,000, will affect other house prices in the area that are in the $1 to $2 million bracket.

The group’s founder Marcia Visser told the Toronto Star that they are not against development that enriches the neighbourhood, but the group says the proposed development exceeds zoning requirements on height, density and setback.

The Huffington Post reports that the protest has been mocked on social media using the hashtag #DensityCreep.

Comments on Twitter accuse the protesters of NIMBY-ism. Alex Colangelo commented: “First, $500k homes. Next, families who don't send their kids to private school. Where does it end?” while Tricia Wood tweeted “I understand not wanting housing prices to collapse so that you're underwater, but that's not what's going on here.”

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