Friday, January 26, 2018 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sidney Smith Hall – SS5017A (map)
Struggles over urban land: Organizing the Community Land Trust for equitable development and economic democracy in Parkdale
Housing unaffordability, eviction, and displacement are everyday challenges faced by low-income and marginalized communities in gentrifying neighbourhoods, as urban development assumes in an increasingly central role in capital accumulation and economic growth. As a potentially radical response to injustices of actually existing urbanization, Community Land Trusts (CLTs) have attracted considerable attention in progressive milieus. For it is the question of land ownership and private property that CLTs bring to the forefront of struggles against gentrification and displacement. Building on my planning experience in Parkdale, this talk offers a critical reflection on the development and organization of Toronto’s first Community Land Trust: the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT). I discuss possibilities and constraints of PNLT’s initiatives to promote ‘development without displacement’ and economic democracy in the context of Toronto’s housing crisis. PNLT’s experience highlights key insights, conditions of possibility, and questions for the role of planning in pursuing social justice.
Kuni Kamizaki is a PhD student in Planning at the University of Toronto. He has worked as a community-based planner in Parkdale with PARC and Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust.