Beyond Bread and Butter: Toward a Food Security in a Changing Parkdale

Parkdale is undergoing significant change. There is a high concentration of affordable housing (including rental, social and supportive housing, and rooming houses) located mostly south of Queen St. In contrast, the residential stock north of Queen St. is gentrifying rapidly, with progressively more affluent residents moving in.

Please read the attached report which examines the opportunities for developing a community food strategy for the downtown Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale. In particular, the report focuses on the food needs of vulnerable populations in Parkdale who are over-represented in Parkdale compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods, including low-income people, recent immigrants, and people facing homelessness, mental health or addiction issues.

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A Place for Everyone: Parkdale Community Land Trust
Executive Summary: “Parkdale is a neighbourhood that is changing rapidly. This change isnʼt inherently good or bad, but it raises important questions about affordability, diversity and community assets in Parkdale. How can we ensure that everyone benefits from these changes, particularly low-income people? In this discussion paper, we propose that a Community Land Trust (CLT) is one possible solution. CLTs create a mechanism for community ownership of land and democratic control over how that land is used. In this paper, we explore the potential opportunities and challenges of setting up a CLT in Parkdale, and conclude that a CLT offers an innovative and important strategy to unite the community and protect affordability and community assets in Parkdale.”

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Urban Community Land Trust: Case Studies from Boston, Calgary & London

This is the PowerPoint presentation given by Susannah Bunce, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, at the first PCLT meeting on the April 3rd 2012. The presentation included case studies of CLTs from Boston, Calgary, and London (UK) with suggestions for Toronto context.

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