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Neighbourhood Change

Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership

There are growing gaps between rich and poor neighbourhoods across Canada. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership examined socio-spatial polarization in six Canadian cities. The IUS focused on examining particular local and regional dimensions of inequality in Winnipeg. Work has included research on West Broadway as well as the Condominium Market in Winnipeg. For more information on this project please visit the neighborhood change website.

Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership
Gain Loss and Change

Carter, T., McCullough, S., Shirtliffe, R., Northcote, C.

Since their introduction the late 1960s, condominiums have become a significant feature of Winnipeg’s housing market. Condominiums in Winnipeg however, present particular characteristics compared to other Canadian cities – especially the high number of units converted from previous apartments, the small share condos represent of the overall housing market, and the low percentage of condos that are rented out.

Changing Neighbourhoods

Distasio, J.,& Zell, S.

As part of this partnership, the IUS contributed to the book Changing Neighbourhoods: Social and Spatial Polarization in Canadian Cities,. The book analyzes and reflecting on income inequality and polarization in major cities across Canada. Jino Distasio and Sarah Zell from IUS wrote a chapter on the spatialization of Winnipeg’s growing income inequality, highlighting demographic shifts in Indigenous and recent immigrant populations in the inner city. Concluding chapters of the book focus on specific themes that arise throughout the analyses in various cities.
Book Available at UBC Press

Divided Prairie Neighbourhood

Distasio, J., Maunder, M., Zell, S., Quanbury, D.

Welcome to West Broadway. West Broadway is an older, centrally located neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Canada. It is an area with a compelling and diffcult story and history. Its growth over the last 50 years is marked by periods of hope, struggle and uncertainty over its future. In telling West Broadway’s story, we draw from stakeholders who reflect on decades of personal experience. As well, we delve into the neighbourhood’s history using an archive of visual and written documents. All told, these sources help reveal the reality of neighbourhood change in a diverse community located in the heart of Winnipeg’s inner city.

The Divided Prairie City

Distasio, J., Kaufman, A. (ed).

Both income inequality and polarization are intensifying within Canadian cities. This growing wealth gap creates new socio-economic, ethno-cultural, and spatial divisions in the urban environment. While social division and inequality are hardly new issues in Winnipeg, recent media attention has highlighted significant divides in the city. This edited collection adds another voice to these conversations by exploring how income inequality and polarization impact people and spaces in an increasingly divided prairie city.

Winnipeg's Vanishing Rooming Houses

Kaufman, A., Distasio, J.

This In-Brief documents the disappearance of rooming houses from two inner-city neighbourhoods. A community forum held on May 27th, 2014 will bring together more than 80 rooming house tenants, landlords, community members, government representatives, researchers, service agencies and students to discuss the state of rooming houses in Winnipeg.