Does Gender Have a Place in Greenspace Planning? Feminist Perspectives and the Toronto Ravine Strategy
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This paper addresses the intersection of gender, planning and greenspace by analyzing the Toronto Ravine Strategy and the planning process behind it. Through my investigation I conducted a literature review and interviewed participants of the Strategy to explore the research question, “Did gender play a role within the planning process of the Toronto Ravine Strategy?” I determine that it has not, proven by participants acknowledging a need to plan for difference, but not necessarily for gender. I explore the nature/culture dichotomy in greenspace that emerged from my research and how this could explain why participants were unwilling or unable to see the importance of considering gender. I introduce the connection between gender, greenspace and planning and define these key terms. I also include a review of literature on feminist political ecology, gender and planning/greenspace, women-friendly design features, how urban forests are political spaces, and explore the history of the Ravine Strategy. I reinforce the importance of the feminist methodologies/methods that informed my data collection and provide details about how I collected my data. My results review quotes from participants, as I connect my findings to the broader field of feminist literature. I conclude with future recommendations for the Toronto Ravine Strategy. Through my paper I address how we need to plan for difference and address this gap in how greenspaces are planned.