The Divided Prairie City
Income Inequality Among Winnipeg's Neighbourhoods, 1970-2010
Increasing income inequality in Canadian cities creates powerful social, ethnic, and cultural divisions. This book brings together twelve experts to talk about the people, places, and spaces impacted by a growing gap between rich and poor neighbourhoods. We add a geographic perspective to recent conversations about Winnipeg’s economic and racial divisions.
This Winnipeg study traces how middle-income neighbourhoods are vanishing: from 1980 to 2010 one in four middle-income neighbourhoods experienced sharp drops in income. The middle-income group is getting progressively smaller in older suburban neighbourhoods while wealth moves to the city’s edges. Co-editor of the study Andrew Kaufman explains “When we say Winnipeg is a divided city, we say the walls separating have and have-not neighbourhoods are growing higher and wider.” For Jino Distasio, Director of IUS, “neighbourhoods are places that give cities identity. The changes documented began, in some instances, more than 100 years ago. We need to support neighbourhood-based organizations in addressing income inequality with strong policies and funding at the community level.”
Over the past 15 years Dr. Jino Distasio has served as Director of the Institute of Urban Studies, a faculty member in the department of Geography, and most recently as the Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation. Dr. Distasio has worked extensively in Winnipeg’s inner-city with more than 150 projects covering research areas including housing market analysis, urban development trends, mental health and homelessness, Indigenous urban issues, and downtown revitalization strategies. He has actively participated on numerous inner-city committees and boards. Jino routinely provides media comments and is regarded as one of the most quoted urban specialists in Winnipeg.
Andrew Kaufman is an urban geographer employed by the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg since 2010. Andrew spent 3 years working with the At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project on Mental Health and Homelessness, examining a housing first approach to ending homelessness. More recently, Andrew has focused on researching precarious housing options such as rooming houses while assisting in coordinating the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership in Winnipeg.
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