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From social mix to political marginalisation? The redevelopment of Toronto's public housing and the dilution of tenant organisational power

Martine August and Alan Walks

in Mixed Communities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424938
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305538 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.003.0017
From social mix to political marginalisation? The redevelopment of Toronto's public housing and the dilution of tenant organisational power

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Focusing on the current redevelopment schemes underway in Toronto, this chapter explores what socially mixed public-housing redevelopment might mean for tenant participation, organisational structure, and political capital. It draws on interviews with representatives of various tenant-serving organisations, members of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), local civil society groups, and other key stakeholders, as well as participant observation. The use of an empirical case study such as this suggests ways that the imposition of social mix affects real people on the ground. As the chapter demonstrates, social-housing redevelopment as carried out in Toronto portends the dilution of tenants' organisational power and the marginalisation of their political voice, rather than their empowerment.

Keywords: tenant participation; political marginalisation; social mix; Toronto; public housing; marginalisation

Chapter.  9204 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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