NIMBYism, Racism or Just Too Big?

February 5, 2014 in Real Estate Blog

A Muslim condo proposal in Thornhill is trying to be halted by neigbhours.  Thousands of people have signed a petition in hopes of stopping this project from being built.

In this Toronto Star article, people quoted are concerned about property values diminishing and one person even went so far as to say she didn’t want to live next to “refugees.”  In Toronto and surrounding areas, it’s not unusual for neighbours to be concerned about proposed developments.  These concerns are usually about size, height, sightlines and if the development actually fits into the overall look of the neighbourhood.  But when someone is quoted as saying that she doesn’t want to live next to “refugees” ( and these so-called “refugees” are spending millions of dollars on the development), you just can’t help but think there are other motives at play.

Here’s today’s Toronto Star article.

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