Toronto Housing and Ethnic Segregation Analytical Essay by Charles056

Toronto Housing and Ethnic Segregation
A paper that looks at the housing situation in Toronto, in the periods when the city had a two-tier level of municipal government.
# 119312 | 3,485 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2009 | CA

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In this article, the writer proves that segregation exists in a city like Toronto, which is touted to be a "world within a city". The writer reflects on the effectiveness of the former two-tier system of governance, in respect to housing policies. The writer concentrates on the economical gentrification occurring in Parkdale, and the ethnic segregation in various neighborhoods in Metro Toronto between 1953 and 1997. Also taken into account are factors such as immigration, income and race in order to paint a clearer picture on the issue. The paper reveals that segregation and gentrification became common housing policy methods when Toronto had a two-tier level of government. Starting off with a brief history of Toronto, the writer continues to analyze the evolution of segregation and gentrification throughout the years.

From the Paper:

"To further prove that the actions taken by Metro Toronto were at least faulty, one must also consider the downloading of services from the province, especially in this particular case of treating the mentally ill. Circa 1979-1980, a new trend emerged, whereby "community-based care" was considered an adequate replacement for hospitals in which long term institutionalization occurred. The premise of this idea was simple and, on paper, seemed beneficial for social integration of these people. These patients would be discharged and moved into 'group-homes,' where they would receive care, whilst integrated into society and becoming more independent. This trend had resulted in the closing down of the Lakeshore Provincial Psychiatric Hospital and the Queen Street Health Centre for Addiction and Mental Health."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bacher, John Christopher. Keeping to the marketplace: the evolution of Canadian housing policy. McGill-Queen's Press, 1993.
  • Courcher, Sheila L. "Constructing the image of ethnic harmony in Toronto, Canada: the politics of problem definition and nondefinition." Urban Affairs Review 32, no. 3 (1997).
  • Darden, Joe, and Sameh Kamel. "Black and white differences in homeownership rates in the Toronto census metropolitan area: does race matter?" The Review of Black Political Economy 28, no. 2 (2000): 53.
  • Darroch, A, and W.G. Marston. "Ethnic differentiation: ecological aspects of a multidimensional concept." International Migration Review 4, no. 1 (1969): 71-95.
  • Driedger, Leo. "Immigrant/ethnic/racial segregation: Canadian big three and prairie metropolitan comparison." Canadian Journal of Sociology 24, no. 4 (1999): 485-509.

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