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Old 09-11-2019, 06:57 PM
xnylder is offline
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Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Originally Posted by xnylder View Post
SROs, or single room occupancy buildings aka boarding houses have been made illegal in many North American cities. Ostensibly it was for safety concerns: boarding houses facilitated the spread of disease and many were firetraps. However, it's not hard to imagine that real estate developers prefer to use that land for profitable condos instead, and that city residents who can vote (that is, people who aren't homeless) might support legislation to get rid of their transient neighbors.
I realize I should be a little more precise about what I wrote here: Some city administrations are actively trying to restore or retain SRO units (basically, boarding houses) because they realize they are needed by the homeless population. However, the reason the number of units dropped in the first place is usually a combination of stricter regulations and profit motives.

Edited to add: Or, what said.

Last edited by xnylder; 09-11-2019 at 06:58 PM.