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It’s Not Me, It’s You, Metrolinx

New lines like the Eglinton Crosstown will be worth some inconveniences, but Metrolinx appears to be battling City Council for the title of most dysfunctional transit builder.

Will the Eglinton Crosstown construction bring us to a brighter future? Photo by M Falkner in the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Will the Eglinton Crosstown construction bring us to a brighter future? Photo by M Falkner in the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Metrolinx, mon cher ami, we have to talk. Or, more importantly, you do.

Let me say a few things first, to explain the problem I’m having with your communication in this relationship.

Like several thousand other Torontonians, I live in the midst of the Crosstown construction project. For several years, the road I live on has been closed at the intersection with Eglinton. Street lanes and sidewalks are rerouted or closed all over the place. There has been constant noise, constant rumbling, constant dust—not to mention a small building collapse. Un beau gâchis, as you can well imagine. Keep reading: It’s Not Me, It’s You, Metrolinx

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Columnist to Millennials: No Family Money to Buy a House? Just Leave the City

The reality is our system is a deeply flawed, neoliberal hellscape in which the wealthy can afford to live anywhere they like.

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A Toronto neighbourhood most young people will never afford to buy into. Photo by Mandeep Flora via Torontoist’s Flickr pool

Matt Gurney, a former National Post columnist now with GlobalNews and an upper-end millennial (in terms of both age and, apparently, wealth), would like other millennials living in Toronto to know that housing here is expensive. He’d also like you to know that that’s okay, to him. In a column last week, he explains that he’s sorry he owns a wildly expensive house constantly appreciating in value, and he acknowledges that he’s benefited from “a well-timed inheritance or two,” but at great risk of being a jerk, he stands firm: if you can’t stand the housing bubble heat, get out of the city. Keep reading: Columnist to Millennials: No Family Money to Buy a House? Just Leave the City