A Modernist Paradise....

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A Modernist Paradise....
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St James Town in Toronto was developed in the 1960's following the ideas of Le Corbusier's Towers in the Park city of the future. Modernism taken to an extreme. The buildings were machines for living - with open shared areas between.

Originally targeted at the young aspiring office worker class in Toronto's new urban centre no one with any money wanted to live there. They soon become the almost exclusive preserve of Low Income New Canadians - and such they have remained to this day.

I hate Modernism, I hate everything it stands for and what it does to people.

Coming into the estate someone's painted a Phoenix. It's not like that though.

Average income is $22,341 per year - amongst the lowest in Toronto

but the shops are all busted up when you do have money to spend

None of the big retailers are there - it's all corner shops selling at inflated prices

which the locals resent.

So you gather with your buddies and try to get some sun

maybe talk about what you hoped you would find when you moved here.

They tell you you are free

Nah - free like a rat in its burrow.

Really you just get crushed

and your dream crucified.

Officially 17,000 people live here in 19 buildings, in reality multiple occupancy pushes the total to around 25,000. It's recognised as one of Canada's most deprived areas as well as one of it's most densely populated.

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