New Perspectives on Inner-City Development in Winnipeg
To fight the decay of their inner cities, many major urban centres are turning to privately sponsored urban development initiatives that promise to remake these areas into centres of arts and culture and to market them to a broadly defined “creative class.”
While the initiatives are often celebrated, others are critical of their potential to exclude and marginalize poorer residents.
So far, most of the research on Canada’s changing inner cities has focused on Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Through Dr. Evelyn Peters’ research on Winnipeg’s inner city, academics, planners and politicians will be able to find out how immigrants and aboriginal people living in Canada’s inner-city areas see the more than five decades of policy initiatives that have been aimed at their neighbourhoods.
The Canada Research Chair in Inner-City Issues, Community Learning and Engagement wants to discover how these initiatives have affected aboriginal, immigrant and refugee communities. Working with aboriginal and immigrant community organizations, her team is exploring these communities’ own visions for the inner city, and of their place in it.
While the trend toward creating “spectacular” urban developments often threatens to exclude poorer inner-city communities, Peters’ research is re-engaging marginalized residents by giving them a way to offer their alternative visions for the future of their neighbourhood.
Peters’ research will inform policies on inner-city change, and identify programs and policies to create more welcoming communities. It will also provide new information about mid-sized and prairie cities that have not before been studied in the same, sustained way as their larger metropolitan counterparts.