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Saint Dominique Street, Montreal, 1942

Sam Borenstein
Canadian, 1908 - 1969
oil on canvas
76.6 x 101.4 cm
Gift of Mel Dobrin, Montreal, 1982
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28156)
© Borenstein Estate

Nothing has been done to alleviate the overcrowding of low wage earners; nothing to render slum property a less profitable investment; nothing to provide new housing for that shockingly large proportion of our population which lives in sub-standard dwellings . . . the unfortunates who are forced to live under sub-standard conditions will form their own opinion and their own demands, and the course of action then may not be as smooth as it still has a chance of being . . . Housing can't wait for peace. Harry Mayerovitch, "Is Housing to Be Forgotten?" The Canadian Forum, May 1940

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