Neighbourhood Inequality, Diversity & Change: A Symposium on Research Challenges. June 2011

A one-day invitational symposium with the SSHRC Partnership Grant proposal team, June 23, 2011, Neighbourhood Change Research Group, University of Toronto. Much has occurred in the broader socio-economic context that requires new ways of thinking about how and why urban neighbourhoods change, and how we should study neighbourhood change. Little consideration has been given to how traditional ideas about neighborhood change affect analyses of urban areas. We need to move forward to new ways of thinking, researching, and offering policy advice about the often dramatic changes that are taking place in urban socio-spatial patterns.

The presentations of six of the speakers are posted here.

1.  How should we study neighbourhood change today?

2.  Socio-spatial Inequality: What to Focus Research on and Why?

3.  Population Groups: Defining Priorities for Cross-Disciplinary Thematic Neighbourhood Research

4.  From the Field: Emerging Issues & Research Needs

Local Government

  • Mike Buda, Director, Policy & Research, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Harvey Low, Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto

Low-income Neighbourhoods

  • Social Planning Toronto, Community development planners who work in Toronto’s “City #3”

The Rise of Canada’s Richest 1%

Canada’s richest 1% — the 246,000 privileged few whose average income is $405,000 — took almost a third of all growth in incomes in the fastest growing decade in this generation, 1997 to 2007.Think that’s normal? The last time the economy grew so fast was in the 1950s and 60s, when the richest 1% of Canadians took only 8% of all income growth.The richest 1% took almost a third of all growth in one of the slowest growing decades in recent history too, 1987 to 1997. This eclipses anything seen before in Canadian history, including the share of gains eaten up by the richest 1% in the Roaring Twenties.This is the result of a stunning reversal of long-term trends, from steady increases in equality during the post-war years to growing inequality over the past generation, in good times and bad.From the beginning of the Second World War to 1977, the income share of the richest 1% was cut almost in half, from 14% to 7.7%, as the gains from growth led to more people working and better paid jobs.