I lived in a rooming house in Parkdale when I was 15 years old. In remembering all this, I realize I was one of those 'vulnerable people' we see cited in discussions about housing and the effects of gentrification. I don't know what particular struggles the other tenants were facing, because I was too caught up in my own teenage angst and awkwardness to ask, but what we had in common was that we were alone. A rooming house was a landing place for me, so why are we treating it like a slur?
Writer living in Montreal
Stephanie Earp is a writer living in Montreal. She was a staff writer at TV Guide Canada, and a TV columnist for AOL and Huffington Post. Her work has appeared in Elle Canada, Canadian Living, Kingston Life, The Kingston Whig-Standard and other publications. She recently completed a novel about music, fame and bad decisions.
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