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ENVS 2200 Chapter 6: ENVS 2200 – Analysis # 3.docx


Department
Environmental Studies
Course Code
ENVS 2200
Professor
Roger Keil
Chapter
6

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ENVS 2200 – Article Summary
Article: Using Toronto to Explore Three Suburban Stereotypes and Vice Versa by Richard
Harris
This week our main focus is an article written by Richard Harris and his take on
common suburban stereotypes that are conceived by most people. Although Harris talks
about his mains ideas pertaining to his three suburban stereotypes, I will mainly focus on
what was happening in Toronto during the 1960’s and the idea of “gentrification”. To
start off, redevelopment of many areas of Toronto were much more common in the
1960’s and Toronto experienced a lot of building and development in this decade than
any other decade. In the 1960’s, Toronto was reshaping current environments into
suburban landscapes in which houses, parks, schools, small businesses were the main
infrastructures that you would see in the suburbs.
Gentrification is the idea that many areas in the environment increase in value as
many wealthy people starting moving in and occupying that area. Small businesses start
up because people can afford to run businesses and it becomes a more common thing as
more wealthy people start occupying the same area, and this is evident in Toronto as there
are middle-class areas in some regions while there are a few wealthy neighborhoods
around at the same time. Around the areas that are occupied by wealthy residents, there
are also a number of successful small businesses. But is this a natural process? Well,
people were able to move freely wherever they want, but as soon as wealth people started
occupying a particular area, it becomes hard for middle-class/lower-class people to move
into those areas since property value increased and this basically created the divide
between the different classes of people. At what point do we consider the divide between
the city and the suburbs? In Toronto we see many neighborhoods that are structured
around the busy streets of Toronto and Harris considers this in his article, as well as the
three suburban stereotypes pertaining to the city of Toronto.
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