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Suburb Slum Urban Village
Transformations in Toronto's Parkdale Neighbourhood, 1875-2002
Carolyn Whitzman  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/29/2009
ISBN: 9780774815352    

$31.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2010
ISBN: 9780774815369    

240 Pages


About the Book

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 a post-industrial period of transformation into a revitalized urban village. This book also shows how Parkdale's image influenced planning policy for the neighbourhood, even when the prevailing image of Parkdale had little to do with the actual social conditions there.

Whitzman demonstrates that this misunderstanding of social conditions had discriminatory effects. For example, even while Parkdale's reputation as a gentrified area grew in the post-sixties era, the overall health and income of the neighbourhood's residents was in fact decreasing, and the area attracted media coverage as a "dumping ground" for psychiatric outpatients. Parkdale's changing image thus stood in stark contrast to its real social conditions. Nevertheless, this image became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it contributed to increasingly skewed planning practices for Parkdale in the late twentieth century.

This rich and detailed history of a neighbourhood's actual conditions, imaginary connotations, and planning policies will appeal to scholars and students in urban studies, planning, and geography, as well as to general readers interested in Toronto and Parkdale's urban history.

About the Author(s)

Carolyn Whitzman is a senior lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is also author of The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: Practical Planning Tools (Earthscan 2008), and previously worked for the City of Toronto on healthy-city initiatives.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

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?



Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

History > Canada
Urban Studies

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