Last year I was asked by the Metcalf Foundation if I’d be interested in writing a “Collective Impact” report on the Regent Park revitalization. Metcalf, who has long been involved in Regent Park initiatives, was getting requests from across Canada and around the world asking how the Regent Park revitalization happened. How did it start? Who was involved? This Canadian story has the world watching. After many interviews and archival digging, the foundation has just released the completed report, which you can download here (click on the blue box). What I found most remarkable in hearing from people who were there at the beginning is how this $1 billion project began as a grassroots, largely women-driven project, the same people who also kept it moving along when it risked stalling. Also of interest is how much attention was paid to the social side of Regent Park — as much work went into that and keeping residents part of the process as designing the new buildings themselves. Please read and share.
Photo by Laurence Lui.