“Housing in Crisis - City’s Blowing a Chance for Growth:” Bartley Kives (June 6, 2011)
In a recent Winnipeg Free Press article, Bartley Kives cites the lack of apartment buildings and the excess of condo conversions as the main contributors to Winnipeg’s shortage of affordable housing.
“It’s been said many times, but this amounts to a housing crisis. Many people moving to Winnipeg cannot find a place to live and many people of modest means who already live here can’t afford to remain, if they have to move, for any reason.”
At the end of this cogent and articulate article, Kives concludes by suggesting that the federal government enact a tax incentive for apartment developers, the province should look beyond rent controls to solve the problem, and that the city needs to recognize the correlation between affordable housing and crime.