Revitalization is a word that sure sounds good; but is the phenomenon the city’s calling “revitalization” over at Regent Park really a good thing? That’s the question the Toronto Public Space Committee is encouraging us all to ponder tomorrow night with a screening of short docs on the subject of planned affordable housing projects:
From a heart-wrenching story of a community uprooted to make way for a planned neighborhood (“Little Burgundy”), to a thorough exploration of the history of housing projects (“No Fitting Habitat”), these films show that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The screening will conclude with a promotional film from 1961 about a “successful experiment in slum clearance” known as Regent Park South.
Co-presented with the NFB, this continuation of the Streets to Screens series happens at Toronto Free Gallery Thursday night (December 14th) at 7:30pm. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $3 to the TPSC if your wallet is feeling adequately vitalized.
Image of Regent Park South circa 1964 courtesy of the NFB.