Suggested Reading: Chicago’s Two-Flats (Duplexes) Are Threatened, from Block Club Chicago

An interesting read from Block Club Chicago discussing the city’s unique style of multi-family housing known as “two-flats” which serve a similar function to Hamilton’s duplexes. Unlike Hamilton’s duplexes, the Two-Flats were built to have an owner occupied section and a separate rental apartment. Much like Hamilton’s duplexes, Chicago’s Two-Flats are increasingly being converted into single family housing, creating problems for affordable housing in Chicago. Full Story on Block Club Chicago:
Wait, Are Two-Flats Only A Chicago Thing? Why These Uniquely Chicago Homes Have Thrived For A CenturyDespite their history as affordable options for working families, two-flats are “in distress” as people convert them into single-family homes.

Coleman’s Notes: The People Lose Their Only Planning Appeal Support With Premier Ford’s Closing of the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre

The LPASC closure comes at a time that Ontario’s planning appeal framework is in a state of flux, with the new Local Appeal Planning Tribunal (LPAT) which replaced the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) unsure if its authorities, requesting the Ontario Superior Court’s Divisional Court rule on a legal interpretation of LPAT’s governing legislation.