As part of this ongoing project, we have produced a variety of resources and research reports for community use.
The Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) Planning Project is an 18-month neighbourhood-wide planning initiative for Parkdale. Supported by the Atkinson Foundation, the PCED project is led by Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC), with extensive collaboration among over 25 organizations working in Parkdale. The project combines community action research, stakeholder engagement, and participatory planning to develop future visions of Parkdale, and community strategies to realize them. The project goal is to create a Parkdale Neighbourhood Plan for decent work, shared wealth building, and equitable development.
This summary report presents outcomes and findings from all community planning processes and research in the first stage of the PCED project (between January and December 2015). This report offers “a big picture” of the current state of Parkdale,
and a comprehensive and relational analysis of community challenges and opportunities that are often discussed in silos. By bringing various areas of concerns and promising directions in Parkdale together, this report aims to develop a critical foundation that helps shape the development of a neighbourhood plan in the second phase of the project.
Download: PCED Planning Study Summary Report
The Community Food Project is a collaboration between Toronto Food Strategy (TFS) at Toronto Public Health and the Community Food Flow project based at the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC). The project explores where community agencies get their food and what initiatives are needed to expand procurement options and increase access to healthy food at these key community centres. The goals of the project are to provide a community food sector assessment, recommend solutions and implement pilot initiatives. The purpose of the undertaking is to give community agencies better access to fresh, healthy food, and to provide opportunities for cost and time savings in food programs.
We have provided the research reports from both partners. PARC’s report focuses on a key area of Toronto (west central Toronto), with implications for agencies across the city; the TFS report focuses on sector needs and solutions.
Read the Project Summary: Community Food Project Executive Summary
Download Toronto Food Strategy’s report: Finding Food: Community Food Procurement in the City of Toronto 2014
The link to Burlington Associates’ CLT Resource Center that has made freely available a number of the CLT training materials, technical documents, and research reports with a purpose to raise the standard of CLT practice through the worldwide CLT movement.
In addition to local ownership of assets, a Community Land Trust can also be a vehicle to promote democratic planning decision-making over local land use because of its unique ‘1/3 governance model’ to ensure local representation from diverse community stakeholders and local control. But ‘the local’ does not always mean ‘democratic’ and thus crucial questions arise: How can we ensure ‘democratic’ governance and participatory processes that fairly represent and balance the diverse and conflicting interests of residents in Parkdale-High-Park area?
Please read through recommendations in this report prepared by a group of students from Planning Program at the University of Toronto. The recommendations for Parkdale are informed by their research on experiences of other Community Land Trusts as well as innovative participatory planning practices from elsewhere.
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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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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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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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