The Life Without Us podcast shares stories about living in and nourishing community to inspire more of us to have more “us” in our lives.
Life Without Us Episode #5: Craig Ruttan on Housing Solutions
“The box is generally a two or three story single family home and that’s about it. I think knowing that we need to get a lot more creative about how we’re living means that we need to raise that bar and enable more of that creativity. Because cities should be a little messy. ”Craig Ruttan
Craig Ruttan bought his first home this year giving him a front row seat to the urban housing issues he was already familiar with as a public policy leader and community enthusiast.
At the outset of their search, he, his fiancé Alex, two other couples, and an individual set out to buy a four-unit home in downtown Toronto for their new cohousing community. At the end of it, Craig, Alex, and their friends, Mike and Heather, moved into a two-unit home with ambitions to expand through laneway house construction in the future.
Host Valery connected with Craig three weeks post move-in to talk about the joy of starting to realize his and his co-owners’ vision for living in community and the choices that need to be made to replace profit with people as the focus of Toronto’s housing policy.
In this episode:
- House hunting as a group
- Evolving private rituals and traditions into shared community experiences
- Queer concepts of community
- Intergenerational wealth, white privilege, and Toronto’s homogenization by housing policy problem
- Housing access through “densification” “as-of-right zoning bylaws,” “strata ownership,” “shared equity models” and other creative policy solutions
- Future hopes for a community and a city
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