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Regent Park Stories

Gathering Stories about Regent Park's History

 

Final Community Meeting

The heritage commemoration strategy is almost done. We've developed some recommended options for how stories about Regent Park can be told. We want to test these recommended options with you to make sure we've got them right.

Join us and let us know what you think about the draft strategy

Date: February 9th, 2016

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: 1 Oak Street, 3rd Floor Amenity Room

 

This website is managed by Toronto Community Housing to assist with the development of the Regent Park Heritage Commemoration Strategy

 

Story Types

The goal of this project is to help you tell stories about your community and the history of Regent Park – to your family and friends, to residents of Regent Park or people passing through the neighbourhood, to people across Toronto, or even beyond Toronto. We know that many types of stories can be told about Regent Park, and we need your help to identify them.

What We've Heard

Toronto Community Housing has hosted two meetings so far as part of the Regent Park Heritage Commemoration Strategy process: a meeting with a Community Reference Panel  on July 15, 2015 and a meeting with the broader Regent Park community on July 23, 2015. 

Participants at both meetings were asked to provide their thoughts on the types of stories that should be told about Regent Park. Here's some of what they shared:


Individual/Family Stories

There are many success stories and significant people in Regent Park - community leaders, athletes and business people.

Collective/Community Stories

There is and always has been a strong sense of community in Regent Park. It is a place with a strong identity, tenacity and capacity. The rest of the city should be able to see what Regent Park has always been.

Migration Stories

There have been waves of migration that have brought new and different cultural communities to Regent Park over time. There are stories to tell about how these Cultural communities connect AMONG themselves, how they interact with one another and how this has changed over time.

Place-based Stories

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL LANDMARKS AND GATHERING PLACES THROUGHOUT REGENT PARK’S EVOLUTION, PLACES LIKE THE ROOT AND BURGER AND B&A VARIETY, local places of Worship and Schools, open spaces that were used for Barbecues and community gatherings. THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THESE PLACES AND/OR CREATE NEW ONES.

Neighbourhood Evolution/Built Heritage Stories

Regent Park Has a place in Canada’s history. It was one of the first and largest public housing developments in North America – it is a part of Canadian public housing history, not just local history.


If you'd like more detail on what was shared, you can download the two meeting summaries below. We've also included some links to community groups that have been involved in collecting and telling stories about Regent Park's history.

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Tell Us Your Story

How your stories will be used

Your story will help answer the following key questions:

  1. What do you value about the Regent Park neighbourhood and community?
  2. What stories about Regent Park are important for people to hear?
  3. What buildings, open spaces, or other places are connected to these stories?

Your story will remain confidential and will help us develop ideas for how Regent Park’s history can be told.

Many ways to share your story

  • Use the submission form on this website to submit text, pictures, audio or video files.
  • Drop off your written story at the Regent Park Operating Unit Office, 415 Gerrard Street, between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. 
  • Share your story with us at a pop-up story station at the Cabbagetown Fesitval on Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13. The pop-up story station will be located at the Toronto Community Housing booth at the northwest corner of Parliament and Gerrard.
  • Attend the Tenant Update meeting being held on Monday, October 5, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East.

Submit Your Story

You can use the form below to submit your story, either typing it into the text box or uploading a text, audio or video file and then clicking the submit button at the bottom of the page.

Providing your email address will allow us to send you a confirmation email letting you know that we've received your story. It will also allow us to keep you up to date as the project unfolds, including the date, time and location of upcoming community meetings.

If you have any questions about the submission form, or how your stories will be used, please contact Jed Kilbourn, of Toronto Community Housing at jed.kilbourn@torontohousing.ca or 416-981-4047.