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
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