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Gentrification under Trudeau's nose: is a Montreal university pushing out the poor?

Flavie Halais

Research has shown that large institutions can leverage their economic power to spur inclusive growth in surrounding communities. “That’s the way campuses used to be built half a century ago,” says Ted Howard of the Democracy Collaborative, which researches the issue. “If the University of Montreal wants to be a world-class, renown[ed] institution, it can’t simply rely on its teaching and its research, and the intellectual aspect of the institution, as important as that is. It has got to take account of the kind of neighbour it is, and how it uses its economic strength to creatively help solve problems in the community where it’s going to be based.”