As aspiring first-time homebuyers lose hope in this insanely competitive market, architects and planners are looking at laneways as a possible solution to the rental housing shortage. NOW surveys the history of the strategy, the challenges facing builders eyeing a new source of land – and one fabulous laneway house that shows what’s possible.
The majority of residents who engaged in community consultations support laneway suites, according to a new report. The next step will be to get city councilors on board.
There’s more space left to build housing than meets the eye. The idea adapting some of Toronto’s 2,400+ laneways to serve as housing stock has steadily gained in publicity. But what do Torontonians actually think of it?
The University of Toronto is planning to build two laneway houses in the Annex by next year, and could build up to 40 to 50 more as the city explores one possible solution to Toronto’s housing woes.
Timeline is a program that helps Chinese audience ease into the Canadian culture through delivering news that intertwines with our daily lives in a fascinating and informative manner. This feature on laneway houses in Toronto includes interviews with Andrew and Craig around 4:15.