Originally Posted by ajldub
Maybe one of the professional planners on this site can clarify things for me, but hasn't it been shown time and again that building projects that are 100% public housing is a really bad idea?
You're right, the most current thinking says that a tenure mix is much better. Toronto is experimenting a new mixed-tenure approach (rental, subsidized rental, and condo ownership) in their Regent Park redevelopment, which is a massive laboratory and one I think will prove itself as the way to go.
This particular one, I'm not too worried about because it is one relatively small site and it already abuts a private rental building (the Windsor Arms) as part of a fairly fine-grained urban fabric.
But there are several areas in the city, starting with the "projects" in Lowertown, which would lend themselves to the Regent Park formula when the time comes to redevelop them.