From slum clearance" to revitalisation": planning, expertise and moral regulation in toronto"s. Regent park revitalization" is a 12 year, billion plan to replace canada"s first large scale public housing complex with a state-of-the-art mix of public housing, market housing, retail space and amenities. The buildings that were recently demolished in the name of revitalization" were part of a much earlier but similarly ambitious plan to redress poverty and marginalization by altering the built urban environment. Regent park was intended to remedy this yet it too was still labelled as such. Toronto has occupied a hegemonic position in the national economy since the 1930s. There were small scale efforts to reorder the urban environment into something more functional as the elite and middle class worried that dense urban areas were hotbeds of deviance and disease. Social action and planning aimed at more equitable distribution of social goods" among citizens.