Pro­fes­sor says map shows Black peo­ple live in ‘seg­re­gated’ Toronto

Black peo­ple are liv­ing in clus­ters out­side the core, lead­ing to missed op­por­tu­ni­ties

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Dono­van Vin­cent HOUS­ING RE­PORTER

Eleanor Green was on her lo­cal TTC bus route to her vol­un­teer job at Cen­te­nary Hos­pi­tal in Scar­bor­ough re­cently when she looked around at the other pas­sen­gers and saw only one white face.

“Most were Black, like me and there were brown faces too,” says Green, 71, a re­tired den­tal re­cep­tion­ist.

That’s a stark change, she says, from when she moved to her Mc­cowan Rd. and Shep­pard Ave. E. area condo 22 years ago.

Her ob­ser­va­tions fall in line with a map of Toronto put to­gether by re­searchers led by Univer­sity of Toronto pro­fes­sor David Hulchan­ski, that shows Black peo­ple liv­ing in clus­ters mainly out­side the core — and very few down­town. Com­mu­nity ac­tivist and writer Des­mond Cole ar­gues the map clearly demon­strates the city has a “seg­re­ga­tion” prob­lem when it comes to where Blacks live.

“This is called seg­re­ga­tion. That’s what it is. There is no other word for it,” Cole told a hushed au­di­ence of city lead­ers, builders, plan­ners, in­no­va­tors and hous­ing ad­vo­cates gath­ered Thurs­day at the Ev­er­green Brick Works for the Fu­ture Cities Canada Sum­mit, a city-build­ing work­shop.

He said many “young bril­liant Black peo­ple” are leav­ing the city be­cause “we can’t get the op­por­tu­ni­ties we de­serve.” Cole urged the crowd to con­sider the lives of peo­ple im­pacted by seg­re­ga­tion and dis­crim­i­na­tion and “in­cor­po­rate their needs into the no­tion of city build­ing in 21stcen­tury Toronto.”

Hulchan­ski, a pro­fes­sor of hous­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, and fac­ulty hous­ing chair, used Cana­dian cen­sus tract in­for­ma­tion for 2016 to ex­plore in­equal­ity in the city.

To see the map and learn more about the seg­re­ga­tion of the city visit thes­tar.com/gta

COLE BURSTON/TORONTO STAR

Com­mu­nity ac­tivist and writer Des­mond Cole be­lieves many “young bril­liant Black peo­ple” are leav­ing the city be­cause “we can’t get the op­por­tu­ni­ties we de­serve.”

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