Groundstory is a collective impact effort with a mandate to address the adverse effects of gentrification on the arts and other vulnerable, low-income groups in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. In episode 1 of Groundstory’s occasional podcast Round the Block, host Jessa Agilo discusses the untold effects of gentrification on the arts with Akin’s Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers.
Groundstory will detail, and respond to, these evolving narratives with a focus on the Greater Toronto to Hamilton Area, while reaching communities across Ontario and the rest of Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.
Over the coming decade, Groundstory will bolster cross-sectoral responses to three systemic issues, including:
Deepening income precarity and inequality
Increasing lack of accessible and affordable shelter and spaces of work
Growing socio-spatial displacement of vulnerable workers from rapidly densifying neighbourhoods.