In a State of Good Repair? The City of Toronto’s Public Housing

by Robert Murdie, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Cities Centre, University of Toronto, and Department of Geography, York University

Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership Policy Brief #1, August 2012

It is important to consider the spatial distribution of needed repairs. Buildings that are in most need of repair in high-poverty areas are likely to have higher rates of residential turnover and cater to tenants who have very limited housing choices and need to be housed quickly. Consequently, it will likely be difficult to establish any kind of meaningful community life in these buildings and the probability of social disorder may increase.

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