In the issue:

Editor's Letter by Nicholas Hune-Brown

Welcome to Finch West

The LRT doesn’t open until next year at the earliest, but it’s already transforming Toronto’s northwest.

Perspective by Daysha Loppie

Growing Up on the 36 Finch West

It takes me two hours on transit to visit my mom in Rexdale. Can a transit line begin to connect a neighbourhood that sometimes feels a world apart?

Short Feature by Kunal Chaudhary

The Apartments the Union Built

In the 1980s, aircraft workers in Malton were struggling to find housing—so they built their own. What can this obscure Rexdale housing co-op teach us today?

Feature by Inori Roy

The Slow Fight for Rapid Transit on Finch West

After more than fifty years of talk, northwest Toronto is finally getting an LRT. But as the new line brings higher rents, changing businesses, and on-going construction, residents are demanding a say in how their community will change.

Municipal Affairs:

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