Regent Park Redux evaluates one of the biggest experiments in public housing redevelopment from the tenant perspective. Built in the 1940s, Toronto’s Regent Park has experienced common large-scale public housing problems. Instead of simply tearing down old buildings and scattering inhabitants, the city’s housing authority came up with a plan for radical transformation.

In partnership with a private developer, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation organized a twenty-year, billion-dollar makeover. The reconstituted neighbourhood, one of the most diverse in the world, will offer a new mix of amenities and social services intended to "reknit the urban fabric."

Regent Park Redux, based on a ten-year study of 52 households as they moved through stages of displacement and resettlement, examines the dreams and hopes residents have for their community and their future. Urban planners and designers across the world, in cities facing some of the same challenges as Toronto, will want to pay attention to this story.

chapter |7 pages

Introduction 1

chapter 1|17 pages

Historical Background

chapter 2|37 pages

Regent Park, 1960–2000

What Went Wrong (or Right)?

chapter 4|19 pages

A New Regent Park

The Planning Process

chapter 6|18 pages

Tenants' Displacement Experiences

chapter 8|15 pages

Tenants' Resettlement (2009–2013)

chapter 9|26 pages

The Revitalized Regent Park Community

chapter 10|11 pages

Looking to the Future

chapter |5 pages

Appendix: Research Methods