1st Edition

Regent Park Redux Reinventing Public Housing in Canada

By Laura Johnson, Robert Johnson Copyright 2017
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Regent Park Redux evaluates one of the biggest experiments in public housing redevelopment from the tenant perspective. Built in the 1940s, Toronto’s Regent Park has experienced common large-scale public housing problems. Instead of simply tearing down old buildings and scattering inhabitants, the city’s housing authority came up with a plan for radical transformation.

    In partnership with a private developer, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation organized a twenty-year, billion-dollar makeover. The reconstituted neighbourhood, one of the most diverse in the world, will offer a new mix of amenities and social services intended to "reknit the urban fabric."

    Regent Park Redux, based on a ten-year study of 52 households as they moved through stages of displacement and resettlement, examines the dreams and hopes residents have for their community and their future. Urban planners and designers across the world, in cities facing some of the same challenges as Toronto, will want to pay attention to this story.





    Table of Contents

    List of Figures

    Chapter 1: Historical Background

    Chapter 2: Regent Park, 1960-2000: What Went Wrong (or Right)?

    Chapter 3: Public Housing Policy in an International Context

    Chapter 4: A New Regent Park: The Planning Process

    Chapter 5: Residents’ Perspectives on the Redevelopment

    Chapter 6: Tenants’ Displacement Experiences

    Chapter 7: The Challenges of Temporary Relocation (2006-2011)

    Chapter 8: Tenants’ Resettlement (2009-2013)

    Chapter 9: The Revitalized Regent Park Community

    Chapter 10: Looking to the Future

    Appendix 1: Research Methods



    Laura C. Johnson is Professor of Planning at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has authored three books—on childcare, industrial homework, and teleworking—as well as numerous articles on related topics. She received the American Planning Association’s 2004 National Women in Planning Award in honour of Diana Donald.

    Robert E. Johnson is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Toronto, Canada, and Senior Journalism Fellow of Massey College, Canada. His main research focus has been Russian and Soviet history, including a recent study of living space in Russian cities. He collaborated with Laura Johnson on The Seam Allowance (1983).