Community Gentrification and the Concept of Building Inclusive Communities from Within: Toronto's West-Central Neighbourhoods as a Case Study (2005-2010)
Principal Investigator: David Hulchanski, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.
Lead community partner: St. Christopher House, Toronto
Co-Investigators: Larry Bourne, James Dunn, Usha George, Jason Hackworth, David Ley, Lynn McDonald, Eric J. Miller, Robert Murdie, Jack Quarter, Katharine N. Rankin, Damaris Rose, Daniel Schugurensky, Valerie Tarasuk, Alan Walks
Funded by: SSHRC Community University Research Alliance (CURA)
This five year research alliance is focussed on three questions: (1) Can we preserve existing lower-income and socially and ethnically mixed, affordable neighbourhoods in the face of forces that are raising costs (particularly housing costs) and displacing or excluding certain people, businesses, and community services? (2) How can people in urban neighbourhoods successfully shape the development of their environment to create a community that is socially cohesive and inclusive? (3) What can we learn from recent and emerging community practice about effective action against negative forces and support for positive forces to ensure better outcomes?