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Boundaries, Narrative Frames, and the Politics of Place in Public Housing Redevelopment:  Exploring Toronto's Don Mount Court/Rivertowne

Boundaries, Narrative Frames, and the Politics of Place in Public Housing Redevelopment:  Exploring Toronto's Don Mount Court/Rivertowne

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Title: Boundaries, Narrative Frames, and the Politics of Place in Public Housing Redevelopment:  Exploring Toronto's Don Mount Court/Rivertowne
Author: Mair, David Graeme
Abstract: Toronto’s Rivertowne (formerly Don Mount Court) is Canada’s first fully completed experiment with redeveloping post-war public housing developments into newly built mixed-income neighbourhoods (a combination of public housing and private condominiums). Originally built at the end of Toronto’s urban renewal era, Don Mount Court consisted of 232 public housing units until the City’s public housing authority decided to tear the buildings down in 2003. Five years later, former residents, along with newcomers, moved into rows of townhouses under its new name, Rivertowne. Proponents of this project believed this would transform an isolated, stigmatized environment into a thriving and integrated community. This thesis explores redevelopment as a mechanism that has profound and intricate impacts on space, place-identity and social dynamics between residents. Drawing on interviews with residents, I argue that the way proponents envision redevelopment is overly idealistic and overshadows a number of problems produced by the project.
Subject: Urban planning
Geography
Sociology
Keywords: Geography
Urban Studies
Public Housing
Redevelopment
Don Mount Court
Rivertowne
Toronto
South Riverdale
Neighborhood Studies
Boundaries
Neighborhood Narrative Frames
Social Mix
Built Environment
New Urbanism
Neo-tradionalism
Urban Planning
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/27645
Supervisor: Caulfield, Jon ; Young, Douglas
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Geography
Exam date: 2014-02-10
Publish on: 2014-07-09

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