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A Return to ANC in Spryfield: Fresh Ideas Spring into Action

Like other communities in the Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) project, residents of Spryfield are cognizant of the high level of poverty, large proportion of lone-parent families, and rising school dropout rates in their community.

Action for Neighbourhood Change in Thunder Bay

Makhoul outlines the community’s demographics, income levels and assets in terms of community support organizations and facilities. She also describes efforts already undertaken in the community, and the attitude of residents about ANC and its potential capacity to envision and coordinate real change in the community.

ANC Begins in Scarborough Village

Scarborough Village was selected for Action for Neighbourhood (ANC), a pan-Canadian project based in five cities. ANC’s objective: to help community residents work together to improve their neighbourhoods.

ANC in BC Selects Bridgeview

The federal government identified the community of Surrey (British Columbia) to participate in Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC), a pan-Canadian project based in five cities. ANC’s mandate is to help community members help each other to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It also helps government partners learn more about supporting neighbourhood renewal.

ANC in Toronto: Scarborough Village Grows in a Positive Direction

In her article Anne Makhoul characterizes Scarborough Village as an area of high-rise apartment buildings, large roadways, few amenities, and a community inhabited by a culturally diverse, multilingual population.

Asset-based, Resident-led Neighbourhood Development

Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) is a federally funded initiative that began in February 2005. ANC explores resident-led approaches to neighbourhood renewal that will successfully enable individuals and families to build sustainable, healthy communities.

Cities and Communities that Work: Innovative Practices, Enabling Policies

Neil Bradford argues that innovation – applying the best ideas in a timely fashion to emergent problems – is an urgent priority in the private, public, and voluntary sectors. At the same time, he notes that, attention is increasingly being paid to those cities which demonstrate an institutional capacity to engage in collaborative learning processes – in other words, those most adaptive and innovative.

Cities at the Crossroads: Addressing Intergovernmental Structures for Western Canada's Cities

Cities at the Crossroads: Addressing Intergovernmental Structures for Western Canada's Cities, published by the Canada West Foundation, examines what author Denis Wong contends is an increasing demand for mechanisms enabling the three levels of government to work together for vibrant cities.

Community Renewal

Vibrant Communities is a pan-Canadian initiative aimed at developing local solutions to poverty reduction. This four-year initiative also seeks to improve quality of life for citizens within the designated communities.

Creative Cities Structured Policy Dialogue Backgrounder

In this report, Neil Bradford puts current debates about creative cities in context and perspective.

Creative Cities: Principles and Practices

Nancy Duxbury states that, while it is easy to describe the features of a creative city, much less is known about the conditions that foster creativity, and the mechanisms, processes, and resources that turn ideas into innovations.

Creative Cities: What Are They For, How Do They Work, and How Do We Build Them?

This report, by Neil Bradford, sets the stage for three other reports published by the CPRN which examine creative cities.

Culture and Recreation: Links to Well-Being

Sherri Torjman explores how culture and recreation contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. This paper is part of a series on Vibrant Communities, a pan-Canadian initiative that seeks local solutions for poverty reduction.

Gentrification in West Broadway? Contested Space in a Winnipeg Inner City Neighbourhood

Silver examines the Winnipeg inner city, noting that the decline of urban inner cities since the 1950s has resulted in increased rates of poverty and crime, deterioration of residential facilities, lowering of property values and reduction in tax value of these areas.

Housing and Transportation in Montreal – How suburbanization is improving the region’s competitiveness

In his report, Wendell Cox contends Montreal’s superior transport infrastructure and its land use policies give the city a new advantage.

Inner-City Voices, Community-Based Solutions: State of the Inner City Report: 2006

This report outlines the condition of inner-city life Winnipeg in 2006, focusing largely on the West Broadway and North Point Douglas neighbourhoods.

Local Heroes: CAW 199 and Community Partners

Ontario’s Niagara Region has a significant shortage of affordable housing, one of the province’s top five cities most in need. Anne Makhoul explains how, in 2003, a proposal for a 40-unit affordable housing complex was made to St. Catharines City Council.

MetroWest II Conference Report: Focusing on the Future of Western Canada’s Cities

MetroWest II, by Casey Vander Ploeg, follows from the MetroWest II conference held in Winnipeg in October, 2002. The purpose of the conference was to bring together urban practicioners from Western Canada in order to identify and discuss issues confronting western cities.

Municipal Finance and the Pattern of Urban Growth

Enid Slack argues that the problem of urban sprawl can best be controlled by “removing distortions in the property tax system,” as well as by employing user fees and development charges to support, rather than work against, planning objectives. She cites studies showing that higher-density, downtown neighbourhoods have much lower development costs, and actually contribute to reducing the overall costs for services. Accordingly, Slack posits that urban sprawl must be controlled as it is costly to society.

Myths about Urban Growth and the Toronto “Greenbelt”

In this paper, Wendell Cox discusses the issue of urban growth, and more specifically, the Ontario government’s intention to implement smart growth policies to reduce or halt the growth of urban land areas.

Neighbourhood Change through a Housing Lens

This policy paper supports Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC), a pan-Canadian initiative whose purpose is to improve the quality of life in five neighbourhoods in Canadian cities.

North End Winnipeg’s Lord Selkirk Part Housing Development: History, Comparative Context, Prospects

In this paper Jim Silver explores the North End Winnipeg public housing development in the Lord Selkirk Park neighbourhood.

Opportunities Niagara: Untying the Knots, Connecting the Dots

Anne Makhoul and Eric Leviten-Reid explain how the introduction of the Vibrant Communities initiative in the Niagara Region has helped organize a wide range of partners to tackle poverty in the area.

Place Matters and Multi-level Governance: Perspectives on a New Urban Policy Paradigm

Neil Bradford's article takes stock of the recent explosion of interest in Canada�s cities, explores the factors driving the new urban agenda, and examines the strategies needed to build healthy, vibrant cities.

Place-Based Public Policy: Towards a New Urban and Community Agenda for Canada

In his paper, Neil Bradford suggests there has been an ever-growing awareness regarding the importance of cities – both large and small – as strategic spaces in the age of globalization. He argues that cities are critical places where today’s major public policy challenges are playing out. Bradford also argues that countries that invest in their cities and communities are likely to be at the fore vis-à-vis progressive change in the 21st century.

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