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Regent Park-Specific Articles 

Brail, S., and Kumar, N. (2017). Community leadership and engagement after the mix: The transformation of Toronto’s Regent Park. Urban Studies, 54(16), 3772-3788.

Bucerius, S.M., Thompson, S.K. and Berardi, L. (2017). “They’re Colonizing My Neighbourhood”: (Perceptions of) Social Mix in Canada. City & Community, 16(4), 486-505.

Gianni, B. (2007). Phantom Housing: The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in North America. ARCC Journal, 4(2), 51-58. 

James, R.K. (2015). Urban Redevelopment and Displacement from Regent Park to El Cartucho. Canadian Theatre Review, 161, 17-21. 

Jamil, U. (2015). Making Place: Muslims in the Neighbourhood. Contemporary Islam, 9(3), 321-335.

Kelly, S. (2013). The New Normal: The Figure of the Condo Owner in Toronto’s Regent Park. City & Community, 25(2), 173-194.

Kipfer, S. and Petrunia, J. (2009). “Recolonization” and Public Housing: A Toronto Case Study. Studies in Political Economy, 83, 111-139. 

Komakech, M.D.C. and Jackson, S.F. (2016). A Study of the Role of Small Ethnic Retail Grocery Stores in Urban Renewal in a Social Housing Project, Toronto, Canada. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 93(3), 414-424. 

Laughlin, D.L., and Johnson, L.C. (2011). Defining and exploring public space: perspectives of young people from Regent Park, Toronto. Children’s Geographies, 9(3-4), 439-456.

Mele, C. (2019). The strategic uses of race to legitimize ‘social mix’ urban redevelopment. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 25(1), 27-40.

Purdy, S. (2003b). “Ripped off” by the System: Housing Policy, Poverty, and Territorial Stigmatization in Regent Park Housing Project, 1951-1991. Labour, 52, 45-108. 

Purdy, S. (2004). By the People, for the People: Tenant Organizing in Toronto’s Regent Park Housing Project in the 1960s and 1970s. Journal of Urban History, 30(4), 519-548. 

Purdy, S. (2005). Framing Regent Park: the National Film Board of Canada and the construction of ‘outcast spaces’ in the inner city, 1953 and 1994. Media, Culture & Society, 27(4), 523-549.

Rahder, B. and Milgrom, R. (2004). The Uncertain City: Making Space(s) for Difference. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 13(1), 27-45. 

Rosa, V. (2019). Interrogating Multiculturalism and Urban Revitalization: “The Diversity of Diversity” in Toronto’s Regent Park. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry, 6(1), 32-61. 

Rowe, D.J. & Dunn, J. (2015). Tenure-Mix in Toronto: Resident Attitudes and Experience in the Regent Park Community. Housing Studies, 30(8), 1257-1280.

Thompson, S.K., Bucerius, S.M., and Luguya, M. (2013). Unintended Consequences of Neighbourhood Restructuring: Uncertainty, Disrupted Social Networks and Increased Fear of Violent Victimization among Young Adults. The British Journal of Criminology, 53(5), 924-941. 

Urbanik, M. (2018). Drawing Boundaries or Drawing Weapons? Neighborhood Master Status as Suppressor of Gang Violence. Qualitative Sociology, 41, 497-519. 

Urbanik, M. and Haggerty, K.D. (2018). ‘#It’sDangerous’: The Online World of Drug Dealers, Rappers and the Street Code. The British Journal of Criminology, 58(6), 1343-1360. 

Urbanik, M., Thompson, S.K., Bucerius, S.M. (2017). ‘Before There Was Danger But There Was Rules. And Safety in Those Rules’: Effects of Neighbourhood Redevelopment on Criminal Structures. British Journal of Criminology, 57(2), 422-440. 

Media Production & Mis/Representations

Dahya, N., and Jenson, J. (2015). Mis/Representations in School-Based Digital Media Production: An Ethnographic Exploration with Muslim Girls. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 9(2), 108-123.

Feltwell, T., Vines, J., Salt, K., Blythe, M., Kirman, B., Barnett, J., Brooker, P., Lawson, S. (2017). Counter-Discourse Activism on Social Media: The Case of Challenging “Poverty Porn” Television. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 26(3), 345-385.

Fleetwood, N.R. (2005). Mediating Youth: Community-Based Video Production and the Politics of Race and Authenticity. Social Text, 23(1), 83-109.

Kelly, D.M. (2006). Frame Work: Helping Youth Counter Their Misrepresentations in Media. Canadian Journal of Education, 29(1), 27-48.

Lugo-Ocando, J. (2019). Poverty in the news media: Continuities, ruptures, and change in the reporting socioeconomic inequality. Sociology Compass, 7(13), e12719.

Perez Portilla, K. (2018). Challenging Media (Mis)Representation: An Exploration of Available Models. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 7(2), 4-20.

Religion, Faith & Planning

Dahya, N., and Jenson, J. (2015). Mis/Representations in School-Based Digital Media Production: An Ethnographic Exploration with Muslim Girls. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 9(2), 108-123.

Gale, R. (2008). Locating Religion in Urban Planning: Beyond ‘Race’ and Ethnicity? Planning, Practice & Research, 23(1), 19-39. 

Greed, C. (2016). Religion and Sustainable Urban Planning: 'If you can't count it, or won't count it, it doesn't count'. Sustainable Development, 24, 154-162. 

Manouchehrifar, B (2018). Is Planning 'Secular'? Rethinking Religion, Secularism, and Planning. Planning Theory & Practice, 19(5), 653-677. 

Nasser, N. (2015). Reconceptualising the Muslim neighbourhood: claims for space, identity and citizenship in the West. Cont Islam, 9, 241-246

Syed, F. (2016). Finding Space for Spirituality. In J. Pitter & J. Lorinc Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity, (65-74). Toronto: Coach House Books.

Social Mixing & Revitalization 

Butcher, M., and Dickens, L. (2016). Spatial Dislocation and Affective Displacement: Youth   Perspectives on Gentrification in London. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40(4), 800-816.

Epstein, G. (2017). A kinder, gentler gentrification: a racial identity, social mix and multiculturalism in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 24(6), 707-726.

Jackson, E., and Butler, T. (2014). Revisiting ‘social tectonics’: The middle classes and social mix in gentrifying neighbourhoods. Urban Studies, 52(13), 2349-2365.

Rose, D. (2004). Discourses and Experiences of Social Mix in Gentrifying Neighbourhoods: A Montréal Case Study. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 13(2), 278-316.

Shaw, K.S., and Hagemans, I.W. (2015). ‘Gentrification Without Displacement’ and the   Consequent Loss of Place: The Effects of Class Transition on Low-Income Residents of    Secure Housing in Gentrifying Areas. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(2), 323-341.


Rosa, V. (2006). Producing Race, Producing Space: The Geography of Toronto’s Regent Park (Master’s Thesis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada). 

Sahak, J. (2008). Race, Space and Place: Exploring Toronto’s Regent Park from a Marxist Perspective (Master’s Thesis, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada). Retrieved from


Browne, C. & Zapparoli, J. (2019). Farewell Regent. Toronto, ON: Syncopated Productions.

Mossanen, M. & Ho, T. M. (2018). My Piece of the City. Toronto, ON: 100 Dragons Media.  

Gibson, H. & Midnight Lamp Films. (2017). The Stairs. Toronto, ON: Midnight Lamp Films. 

Weyman, B., Allder, M., Close Up Film Productions., National Film Board of Canada., & CBC Newsworld. (2010). Return to Regent Park. Toronto, ON: Close Up Films.

Davis, H., Lentin, M., Kelly, S., TVOntario., Industry Pictures., Shine Films., & National Film Board of Canada. (2010). Invisible city. Toronto, ON: National Film Board of Canada/Office national du film du Canada.

Burwash, G. & McLean, G. (1953). Farewell Oak Street. Canada: National  Film Board of Canada.


Each source in the news media section was found and gathered through the University of Toronto online library system. Each source has been cross-checked to find publicly accessible links (i.e. the online version of the article on the publisher's website). In some cases, links to the articles were not found available online. Links beginning with "" are not available publicly, but should be available to any students of faculty through their institution's library system. 

Adams, J. (2010, February 5). There's no tidy resolution in regent park. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from 

Barber, J. (1995, November 7). Toronto: Regent Park turnaround a mixed bag of tricks. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from 

Barber, J. (1999, March 13). Housing project fights its notorious image: fiftieth anniversary of Toronto's Regent Park is a chance to celebrate 'a great community'. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from 

Bascamurty, D. (2013, February 23). What’s it like growing up in Regent Park? Ask them. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from 

Capannelli, H. (2001, July 16). Community enjoys sunday in the park: Regent Park's day in the sun; recent violent crime doesn't dampen area's spirit. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from 

CBC News. (2018, May 16). Decision quietly made by Toronto Community Housing sparks concern in Regent Park. CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved from 

CBC News. (2020, September 11). Tory discusses anti-Black racism with unions after 5 nooses found on construction sites this summer. CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved from 

DeClerq, K. (2019, March 1). Demolition of Regent Park buildings ‘brings a lot of memories back,’ residents say. Bell Media. Retrieved from 

DeMara, B. (1994, October 7). Rowlands taken to task for regent park remarks. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from 

Dixon, G. (2008, May 31). Reclaiming regent park with monster art. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from

Donovan, V. (2006, August 14). Regent Park is still a place to call home many families plan to return to revitalized regent park; sense of community strong many families want to return. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from 

Friesen, J. (2014, February 19). Regent Park residents feel happier and safer with new homes, study says. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from 

Hasham, A. (2014, October 15). TCHC may move family facing eviction from building slated for demolition. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from

Hayes, D. (2008, May 17). Making roots in renewed regent park; initiative to encourage regent park tenants who have a viable business plan. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from

Jones, F. (1987, June 26). Video shows the real regent park. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from 

Kent, P. (2006, May 13). Hopes of finding peace in the garden: Regent Park gun-violence memorial in full bloom. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved from 

Kivanc, J. (2016, July 6). #ShootForPeace giving kids a brighter picture: Weekly photo outings expose regent park youth to other focus. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from

Levin, D. (2016, February 28). In Toronto, a Neighbourhood in Despair Transform Into a Model of Inclusion. The New York Times Company. Retrieved from 

Levy, S. (2012, March 28). TCHC residents feel like the were ‘duped’ in Regent Park redevelopment. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved from 

Massa, G. (2020, August 7). Former Metrolinx employees launch human rights complaint over failed background check. Rogers Media. Retrieved from 

Miller, M. (2019, October 2). There’s a new movie about Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. Retrieved from

Nelson, T. (2020, July 2). Nooses Found at Construction Sites in Canada and the U.S. Raise Serious Concern. Conde Nast. Retrieved from 

Nestruck, J.K. (2012, Sep 22). Seema jethalal: Regent park revitalizer. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from

Niddrie, B. J. (1981, July 7). Regent park. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from 

Orr, C. (2012, April 3). Regent Park revitalization draws mixed reactions from residents. National Post. Retrieved from 

Pagliaro, J. and Mathieu, E. (2019, January 27). Regent Park community reflects and regroups as final chapter of rebuild begins. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from 

Passifiume, B. (2020, August 26). Man wanted for Instagram death threats aimed at Regent Park. 

Rankin, J. (2020, August 4). Toronto Police background checks cost two Black safety inspectors their jobs at Metrolinx: they had no criminal records. Retrieved from 

Saldov, M. (1981, June 22). Regent park. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from 

Schwartz, C. (2020, September 30). The Virus is exposing how inequitable public school has been all along. St. Joseph Communications. Retrieved from 

Smee, M. (2019, January 19). Regent Park kids being squeezed out of their own pool, Toronto councillor says. CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved from 

Thomson, S. and Bucerius, S. (2012, June 16). Regent Park revitalization: Has it created an “us versus them” dynamic? Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from

Tsekouras, P. (2020, August 25). Man wanted by police after allegedly telling his Instagram followers to ‘shoot everyone’ in a Toronto neighbourhood. iHeartRadio. Retrieved from 

Vincent, M. (2016, November 25). A radical reimagination of black cinema: The regent park film festival plays host to an acclaimed program that looks beyond hollywood's dusty notions of diversity. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from

Vincent, M. (2017, November 16). Documentary looks at Regent Park community’s response to revitalization. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from

Vincent, M. (2018, February 22). Review: My Piece of the City tells the story of Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved from

Wright, L. (1996, February 3). Regent Park revamp stresses tenant pride. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved from 

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