COMMERCIAL GENTRIFICATION IN PARKDALE (PROPOSAL & PRESENTATION)
October 13th, 2013

The purpose of this project is to study the commercial gentrification uprising in Parkdale. I discovered that commercial gentrification could bring a series of helpful factors to Parkdale as some stores and restaurants have been adding its new business instead of replacing.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION NOTES
October 15th, 2013

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October 11th, 2013

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October 11th, 2013

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TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL
October 11th, 2013

Here are just a few notes and brainstorming for my research proposal and on how commercial gentrification works in Parkdale.



GRAFFITI, GENTRIFICATION AND TORONTO'S LOFTY CONDO NAMES
by Emma Teitel - August 1st, 2013

This recent article focuses on the residential gentrification of condominium production. The author doesn't seem too warm to the idea of condo community (and its names) but is fond of the graffiti that Rob Ford wants to rid the city of.

This article will help me on my topic because it talks about the up and coming condos in Toronto, just as Parkdale has recently had its limelight of a condo liberation: the Q Loft.

www.macleans.ca



PARKDALE BIA HAS STRATEGIC
PLAN FOR 2013

by Erin Hatfield - January 1st, 2013

This is just a short article describing the different events and approaches Parkdale BIA (Business Improvement Area) is taking to help improve the business area of Parkdale. Events and partnerships such as Nuit Blanche, CONTACT Photography Festival and Fireside Culture Week or just some of the few planned activities that are to take place this year (2013).

This article will help me on my topic because it shows the efforts Parkdale BIA has on improving its neighbourhood for families and community outsiders.

www.insidetoronto.com



THANKS TO GENTRIFICATION, MY SLUM IS NOW ON THE LEADING EDGE
OF COOL

by Marcus Gee - September 12th, 2012

Gentrification in Toronto has been debated on by many residents. In this article, the author raises both sides of the argument discussing areas such as Parkdale and Dundas West. They examined whether or not low-income people are actually being displaced and the problems of propelling property taxes.

This article will help me on my topic because it reviews a new business in the Parkdale community, which is The Mascot, an art gallery, café and retail store.

www.theglobeandmail.com



SORRY YUPPIES, TORONTO WILL NOT BE GENTRIFIED
by Brennan Aguanno and Anna Kemp
- July 13th, 2012


This article takes a different view on gentrification and explains that Toronto is actually experiencing more neighbourhood decay, which is the opposite of gentrification. The authors use Leslieville and Parkdale as examples, and include an infographic on how the middle class areas are predominantly taken over by the lower income class.

This article will help me on my topic because the author mentions Parkdale's process of gentrification and how it seemed to be heading a different direction.

www.huffingtonpost.ca



YLG (YOUNG LEADERS GROUP) NEIGHBOURHOOD GENTRIFICATION
by Brennan Carroll - May 16th, 2012

This was more of a review or promotion about a panel discussion on gentrification that invited speakers to speak about the positive effects of gentrification. The article focuses on the balanced mixture between different classes, and the enhancement of the neighbourhood character.

This article will help me on my topic because it talks about the preservation of heritage in a neighbourhood, which something I want to look into for Parkdale.

www.toronto.uli.org



THE RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
by Danielle Groen - December 14th, 2011

The article discusses the stigma around Parkdale and briefly explains its history on its origin, gentrification and development. It also talks about the businesses that are moving to Parkdale and how they are working with Parkdale, and not against it. Grand Electric, a mexican restaurant is brought up as an example of one of these businesses.

This article will help me on my topic because it specifically talks about Parkdale and its business side to it.

www.thegridto.com



STREET SPIRIT: IS GENTRIFICATION REALLY THAT BAD?
by Mireille Silcoff - August 10th, 2011

The article follows a reporter who strolled through Toronto to write about the people and places she encountered. She covered issues like gentrification and multiculturalism in her essay. Her views on gentrification questions whether it actually has a negative impact in Ossington.

This article will help me on my topic because it focuses on a view of gentrification, which is the less negative one.

www.arts.nationalpost.com



REGENT PARK: REVITALIZATION OR GENTRIFICATION?
by Keith Beaty - September 10th, 2010

This article talks about the renewal project in Regent Park, and how has it worked for Regent Park tenants such as Sureya Ibrahim. Before the project started, Ibrahim had lived in a rundown public housing but later moved into a brand new townhouse unit. However, other tenants have not been so lucky.

This article will help me on my topic because it shows examples of negative and positive outcomes of residential gentrification.

www.thestar.com



GENTRIFICATION WILL 'MANHATTANIZE TORONO' VAUGHN SAYS
by Metro Staff - June 7th, 2010

This article primarily speaks about the condominium population in Toronto. However, it claims Toronto's downtown population has exploded by 20 per cent but residents are moving out.

This article will help me on my topic because I want to investigate whether commercialization is adding to the factor of families moving out.

www.metronews.ca



COMMERCIAL CHANGE IN TORONTO'S WEST-CENTRAL NEIGHBOURHOODS
by Katharine N. Rankin
- September 2008


This article pinpoints and goes into depth about the commercialization/business side of gentrification. It brings up an interesting emphasis on consumers as gentrifiers, and how it is pushing away businesses that serve low-income consumers.

This article will help me on my topic because it evaluates the business gentrification in Toronto, and how it can be countered. The article brings challenges and opportunities businesses have to face.

www.urbancentre.utoronto.ca



NEIGHBOURHOOD GENTRIFICATION
by R. Alan Walks and Richard Maaranen - September 2008

The research bulletin broadly explains gentrification and how it is taking place in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. It provides different studies in housing stock, dwelling values, rent levels, and the upgrading in each of these cities.

This article will help me on my topic because it was one of the first articles I encountered when looking more in depth for gentrification. The data collected reveals information on incomplete, future and completed gentrification and personal incomes.

www.urbancentre.utoronto.ca



THE TIMING, PATTERNING AND FORMS OF GENTRIFICATION
by R. Alan Walks and Richard Maaranen
- May 2008


This article focuses on upgrading in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver from 1961 to 2001 and its positive effects on neighbourhoods, except when gentrification occurs, the benefits of upgrading are not likely to be experienced by low-income residents.

This article will help me on my topic because it thoroughly assesses the two views on gentrification, its benefits or disadvantages in these three cities.

www.urbancentre.utoronto.ca



URBAN PLANNERS TACKLE GENTRIFICATION
by Mieke Anderson - January 31st, 2007

The article was written by Ryerson students who have conducted a project and forum on managing gentrification in Parkdale. They touched on topics such as resident consultation, displacement of lower-income houses and businesses and the Drake Hotel.

This article will help me on my topic because it explains the dilemma I am having and how it is a push and pull discussion that really depends on the person.

www.theeyeopener.com



VILLAGE GHETTO LAND
by Carolyn Whitzman and Tom Slater
- May 2006


This article's purpose is to elaborate how historical narratives (ex. wealthy suburb, declining slum etc.) has little basis to no relation to what it represents. The article looks into justifying urban policy and planning decisions.

This article will help me on my topic because a huge chunk of reviews Parkdale as part of this urban policy, and how it was used to legitimize gentrification.

www.geos.ed.ac.uk



TORONTO'S WEST-CENTRAL NEIGHBOURHOODS
by Tom Slater - June 2005

This research bulletin contains a demographic profile of a neighbourhood-based, multi-service, non-profit organization in Toronto's west end. The profile was uses 2001 census data, including data on population, household size and type, education, income, employment, immigration, ethnicity, and language. This is based off of eight neighbourhoods: Dufferin Grove, Little Portugal, Niagara, Palmerston - Little Italy, Roncesvalles, South Parkdale, and Trinity - Bellwoods.

This article will help me on my topic because it examines the life of Parkdale and this can help with its relation to commercial gentrification.

www.urbancentre.utoronto.ca



TORONTO'S SOUTH PARKDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD
by Tom Slater - May 2005

This brief history of a neighbourhood in Toronto just west of downtown describes the changes over time that have led to conflict between incoming gentrifiers and artists on one hand, and a long-standing population of poor and marginalized residents on the other. Although the area needs reinvestment, gentrification threatens the stability of the remaining.

This article will really help me on my topic because it is specifically about the gentrification in Parkdale, from its history to why gentrification may or may not be a positive process.

www.urbancentre.utoronto.ca



ETHNIC IDENTITY, PLACE MARKETING AND GENTRIFICATION IN TORONTO
by Jackson Hackworth and Josephine Rekers
- April 2005


This article goes into detail about the culture, power and economics of gentrification. Its case studies focuses on four neighbourhoods: Little Italy, Greektown on the Danforth, Corso Italia and Gerrard India Bazaar.

This article will help me on my topic because it goes more into detail about BIAs and if it has shifted gentrification in certain neighbourhoods.

www.urbancentre.utoronto.ca



ETHNIC PACKAGING AND GENTRIFICATION
by Jackson Hackworth and Josephine Rekers
- November 2005


This article specifies four neighbourhoods in Toronto (unfortunately Parkdale is not one of them) and its speculation on ethnic commercial strips as an extension to ethnic residential surrounding. It involves themes on culture, the economy, and location comparisons.

This article will help me on my topic because it talks about BIA situations in these four neighbourhoods, which is still in Toronto.

www.individual.utoronto.ca



MUNICIPALLY MANAGED GENTRIFICATION IN SOUTH PARKDALE, TORONTO
by Tom Slater - 2004

This article, from the Canadian Geographer talks about the gentrification of central city neighbourhoods in North America, Europe and Australia. It introduces South Parkdale into the picture, summarizing its early years, economical decline and social problems.

This article will help me on my topic because it explains the dilemma I am having and how it is a push and pull discussion that really depends on the person.

www.geos.ed.ac.uk