KJIPUKTUK (Halifax). About 30 North End residents rallied at a condo sales office on Agricola Street. Expensive condos are causing rents and real estate prices to go up, pushing long time residents out of their own neighborhood.
Many condominium units remain unsold and are standing empty. Why not rent out these units for a rent that local people can actually afford, the demonstrators say.
“It’s unfair and we would like a fair share of the dice,” Darryl King, co-chair of the North/Central Nova Scotia Acorn chapter, tells the Nova Scotia Advocate.
“People on modest incomes are affected by this influx of condos, and they should have a say in the development in their own neighborhood,” says King. “I don’t have $299,000 to buy a condo.”
“Gentrification is reshaping the North End. Halifax is no longer affordable. It’s becoming a city for the rich,” he says.
Units that cost $300,000 are out of reach for residents