The Two Cities report

Toronto readers will have seen coverage of a report by the Cities Centre at U of T predicting that the loss of manufacturing jobs will lead over time to a squeezing out of middle-income residents in the city and a much sharper polarization by income than we saw in the late 20th century.

The country’s economic engine, which has long claimed to be one of the most diverse cities in the world, is increasingly comprised of downtown-centred high-income residents – most living near subway lines – and a concentration of low-income families in less dense, service- and transit-starved inner suburbs.

The Globe was able to produce its own map, which is cleaner than the one in the report itself, with at least a basic overlay of major streets. I can only assume they had advance access to the data. It’s a pity not to have an interactive version – apart from everything else, a detailed look at the map involves guessing about which streets are which. (Quick test: hold your breath while telling Bathurst apart from Dufferin and College apart from Dundas.) It’s certainly possible to map Canadian data on Google Maps by census tract.

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