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Suburb, Slum, Urban Village

Transformations in Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood, 1875-2002

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Suburb, Slum, Urban Village

Transformations in Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood, 1875-2002

Suburb, Slum, Urban Village examines the relationship between image and reality for one city neighbourhood – Toronto’s Parkdale. Carolyn Whitzman tracks Parkdale’s story across three eras: its early decades as a politically independent suburb of the industrial city; its half-century of ostensible decline toward becoming a slum; and its post-industrial period of transformation into a revitalized urban village. This book also shows how Parkdale’s image influenced planning policy for the neighbourhood. Whitzman demonstrates that image and reality have not always correlated for Parkdale. Parkdale’s changing image stood in stark contrast to its real social conditions. Nevertheless, this image became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it contributed to increasingly discriminatory planning practices for Parkdale in the late twentieth century.


240 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 A Good Place to Live? Perceptions and Realities of Suburbs, Slums, and Urban Villages

2 The Flowery Suburb: Parkdale’s Development, 1875-1912

3 “Becoming a Serious Slum”: Decline in Parkdale, 1913-1966

4 From Bowery to Bohemia: The Urban Village, 1967-2002

5 Why Does Parkdale Matter?

Notes

References

Index

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