Which of the City of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods have you selected?

Section 1: Pick a neighbourhood, and learn about it


#HOOD 89

1. Which of the City of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods have you selected? (Include the name and number).

2. Why did you choose this neighbourhood in 50-75 words?


3. Write out the APA i citations for 3 newspaper articles on your

neighbourhood. You can use the Toronto Star (1894-2015, 1971-2016, 1985-2019), Toronto Sun , or Globe and Mail (1936-2015, 1985-2019). If you find any other international sources, you can use those, too. Make sure to broaden your search as wide as needed (lesser-known neighbourhoods may require searches like Scarborough, or Etobicoke, or an intersection). If you are already leaning to the cultural or mobility approach, try to include some key words on topics of interest.

4. Summarize the findings of these secondary source articles in 50-75 words.


McKnight, Z. (2013, Sept 16). Community mural in Rexdale reflects community’s history and hopes, The Toronto Star. Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com/

McKnight’s (2013) article discusses the collaboration between artist Emilia Jajus and 20 youths through Toronto’s Arts for Children and Youth program. This resulted in a mural painted on an underpass at Kipling Ave., and Belfield Rd. in Rexdale, spurred on by Councillor Doug Ford. It integrates images from First Nations peoples, Rex Hislop (developer), the GO train, and the Woodbine Race Track.

5. Write out the bibliographic citations for 3 academic journal (peer-reviewed) articles or academic book chapters on your neighbourhood, part of Toronto, or topic (social or cultural needs or mobility). Use RULA or Google Scholar . The example here if for an article. See www.owl.purdue.edu for other styles. If you are already leaning to the cultural or mobility approach, try to include some key words on topics of interest.

6. Summarize the findings of these academic or scholarly sources in in 50-75



Foth, N., Manaugh, K., & El-Geneidy, A. M. (2013). Towards equitable transit: examining transit accessibility and social need in Toronto, Canada, 1996–2006. Journal of Transport Geography, 29, 1-10.

Foth, Manaugh, & El-Geneidy (2013) argue that people living in the Toronto Census Metropolitan area experience equitable access to public transit. Using a three-pronged measure of access (spatially, temporally, and by job type), their statistical analysis highlights how commuting time can be used to explore transportation planning, and how the spatial mismatch hypothesis may not apply in Canadian case studies.

7. Write out the bibliographic citations for 3 popular media sources on your topic. These can be websites, non-academic (“coffee table”) books, songs, films, television shows, webisodes, etc. example here is for websites. See www.owl.purdue.edu for other styles.

8. Summarize the findings of these popular media sources in 50-75 words.


Blackett, M. (2019). The Beautiful Mess of Toronto Laneways. Toronto: Spacing Media.

Blackett (2019) explores how Toronto’s laneways are excellent examples of the city as a whole. Using extensive photography of laneway garage and shed doors, the various architectural styles of the Toronto’s multicultural identity are visible. Blackett also includes discussion of his own experience growing up in Willowdale, an area of Toronto without laneways, and how the liminal spaces between properties hold much meaning for urban explorers.

9. After reviewing your web, library, and media research, draw a map of your cultural landscape or ethnic economy (or at least a part of it that you can visit). Draw the main streets that act as the boundary. Locate 4 major landmarks in the area on the map, write a short description (20-50 words) of these landmarks. You can use Google Maps and other sources on page 2 for research for this element, but draw the map by hand. Take a photograph or scan of your map, and paste it here.