As some readers may know, we are moving out of our current studio at 310 Spadina. This is due to the recent displacement of all tenants on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the building, a decision made to create space for a marketing company to come in and set up shop. This is an eventuality all of the tenants feared since the building was sold last year. When the ownership switched hands, some tenants were allowed to stay, but not for long. Scroll down to read my interviews with Belinda and Kristiann in this final instalement of our series about the gentrification of 310 Spadina.
Two weeks ago, we posted about our upcoming move and the gentrification of our studio building at 310 Spadina. As Part 2 in that series, we would like to introduce some of the building’s other tenants! Sameer, Gale and Gillian all agreed to take the time to speak with me about the changing face of Toronto.
Its no secret that prices are going up in the Toronto real estate market. With condo developments spreading across the waterfront and large chain stores propagating from the downtown core, its hard to find affordable space for small businesses. Artists, creative professionals and grassroots organizations are all being paved over. The face of the city is changing rapidly, and recently the team at Jennifer Fukushima was affected when we were uprooted from our studio at 310 Spadina.
This year I was faced with a difficult reality, the building which houses my studio was sold. Being that it’s at a prime location which is quickly being gentrified, many of my neighbours and I feared the worst.