Mustafa Ahmed performs I Walk Listen (runs 3:03)
( more audio ) (Dwight Friesen/CBC)
Charita Edwards wrote No More Regent
(Adonis Huggins/Catch da Flava) .
A Community in Transition
Regent Park, one of Canada's oldest and largest social housing communities, is in the middle of a dramatic transition.
One billion dollars will be spent over 15 years to tear down decaying social housing complexes, and replace them with sleek new subsidized apartment buildings, and condos.
You can see some of those new buildings when you pass by Parliament and Dundas today.
But there's more to a community than just buildings.
We're now 3 years into this ambitious plan to transform a neighbourhood (Regent Park timeline).
Meet More Residents of Regent Park
- Tarak Ahmed
- Tarak has a close-up view of challenges for Regent Park youth.
- Linta Loganathan
- Linta's family first to move in to the new public housing on Sackville Ave.
- Holly Ryckman
- Holly says a different kind of policing is needed in Regent Park.
(Photos: Rick Chard for Toronto Community Housing)
An Isolated "Garden"
When Regent Park was built in 1948, it was the country's largest publicly funded community. It was designed to be a "garden city," replacing streets with walkways and enclosed public spaces. Urban planners now point out this design led to the community being isolated from the rest of the city, and cultivated criminal activity.
Today, the average household income of Regent Park residents is $15,000. The neighbourhood is diverse, the most widely spoken languages are Bengali, Chinese, French, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Vietnamese. It's also a young community. Nearly half of the population is under 16. Many of these young people will be adults by the time all the changes are complete.
Find out more about the history of Regent Park.
More of Toronto's Mosaic
- Voices of the Future
- Agroup of students from across the city learn how to tell their stories.
- For Better Or For Worse?
- The revitalization of Lawrence Heights. Will the spirit of a community survive?
- Rich City, Poor Neighbourhoods
- Poverty has moved outwards, to the ring of inner suburbs.
Your Voice on changes in Regent Park
- uploadSend Us Your Photos and Videos
- Share your photos of Regent Park in transition.
- Your VoiceShare your story
- What is your opinion of the Regent Park reconstruction?
External Links About Regent Park
- Community MediaCatch da Flava
- Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Center is a youth driven, non-profit organization in Regent Park.
- Public HousingToronto Community Housing
- Toronto Community Housing is revitalizing Regent Park. Find out more.
- photosRegent Park on flickr
- Over eight hundred photographs of life in Regent Park.
- ArchivesCommunity Museum
- Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum documents the changes in Regent Park.
- DANCEBallet in Regent Park
- Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie opened their Toronto branch at 304 Parliament St.
More from Radio-Canada.ca
- En françaisLa mosaïque Regent Park
- Louis Lessard nous relate ses rencontres.