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Gary Bridge, Tim Butler, and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424938

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.001.0001

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

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

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(p.273) Seventeen From social mix to political marginalisation? The redevelopment of Toronto's public housing and the dilution of tenant organisational power
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Mixed Communities
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Martine August

Alan Walks

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424938.003.0017

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

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