It would be easy to come away from Prof. Hulchanski’s report with the impression that central Toronto is becoming a monoculture, populated by wealthy white bankers and lawyers in what amounts to a gated community.
Oh, wait — awww…
In fact, places like my own gentrifying neighbourhood in the west end of downtown have become more diverse than before.
Wait, again, though — Dude Who Has A Column In The Globe & Mail (And I Don’t) has a typical Torontonian’s
funny definition of “diversity”:
On the main street, new cafés, bars and art galleries are popping up, but the Portuguese butcher with the neon pig in the window is still packed on the weekends, the Portuguese wedding hall is thriving and a Portuguese evangelical church just took over the space vacated by a Korean-run video store.
Er, “Portuguese” hasn’t counted as “diverse” since I was in Grade Nine, and they were the kids who made the Italians look smart.
No wonder no one I know reads the Globe & Mail anymore…