Fighting Back
Urban Renewal in Trefann Court

Fraser, Graham
Publisher:  Hakkert, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1972
Pages:  298pp     Dewey:  352.008
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6289

A detailed report on the conflict between city bureaucrats and residents of Trefann Court, a five-block area just east of downtown Toronto. Bent on tearing down as a step towards urban renewal, the planners and government officials met organized resistance by homeowners, landlords and tenants for over six years.


Table of Contents


Note from the NDP

Table of Plates


1. The Turning Point: February 12, 1970

2. Trefann Court and Trefann People
Cabbagetown - The Make-up of Trefann - Looking Back - John Wawrin - Morton Montgomery - Ray and Phyllis Tomlinson - Gus and Edna Dixon - Margaret LeMay - Steve Necheff - George Brewer - The Trefann Mothers and the School Question

3. Good Intentions: 1934-1956
Toronto's Centennial; Unplanned Toronto; Old Neighborhoods and Slum Clearance; Regent Park

4. Planning Towards Trefann Court: 1956-1966
Redevelopment for Trefann - The Alexandra Park Problem - Pressure for Action - The 1966 Scheme

5. Down the Garden Path: 1966
Forming the Residents Association - The Community Organizers - Opposing the Plan

6. Bureaucrat Politics: January-May 1967
Walter Manthorpe

7. Expropriation - What's Yours is Negotiable
The Don Mount Expropriations - The Hold-Outs - The New Expropriations Act

8. The Split: September 1967-March 1968
The Cycle of Deterioration - The Cold Houses Incident - The Manthorpe Report - Organizers and Outsiders - The Benson Letter

9. Three Levels of Government: 1968-1969
City and Province - Federal Politicians - The Hellyer Task Force Reports

10. Electoral Politics: 1969
The Ward Boundaries Fight - Oscar Sigsworth - John Sewel and Karl Jaffary - The Mayoralty Campaign

11. All the King's Horses - The Planning Process (I)
The Establishment of the Working Committee - The Hiring of the Planner - First Steps in Planning - The Big Blow-up

12. Consensus and Control - The Planning Process (II)
The Social Objectives of the Scheme - The Long Delay - Ray's Lane - The Debate over the Acquisition of 438-440 Queen St.

13. The Scheme - Innovations, Problems and A Question of Power
Innovations - Rehabilitation - Technical Problems - The Fight over the Implementation Staff - Last Minute Pressures - The Plan is Passed: January 6, 1972 - Approval by the Municipality

14. Conclusion
How Much Power did Trefann Win? - The Question of Legitimacy - Lessons from Trefann




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