Gentrification Battlefield; discover the lower junction

Together with Pop-Up City and VPRO Medialab we mapped the Gentrification Frontline of Toronto as part of Pop-Up City's project Gentrification Frontline. Using the storytelling and mapping tools of HearUsHere combined with FigureRunning, we will explore this frontline with Pop-Up City, and together reveal the hidden stories in this part of the city.

In a walk, in collaboration with Janes Walk, you'll listen to the stories of Toronto on the gentrified city. September 30, 6:30 pm. Part of FORMS festival.

More information on Janes Walk.

Join Jane's Walk Director Denise Pinto on this guided tour of Dundas West's Lower Junction; a neighbourhood in the midst of major transition punctuated by large scale projects such as the restoration of the iconic Tower Automotive Building (the future home of the Museum of Contemporary Art). This walking discussion will cover themes relevant to the route, exploring the past, present and future of this 'new neighbourhood' and specifically it's colourful history of deindustrialization, micro-enterprise and creative clustering. 


With the help of PopUp City's Jeroen Beekmans and Mobile City Dialogues' Leonieke Verhoog + Klasien van de Zandschulp digitally mapping this neighbourhood in transition, the route of this walk will begin at Dundas West Station. Making its first stop at progressive refugee and housing advocate facility Romero House (a neighbourhood institution), the walk will continue East on Bloor St. to examine murals projects underneath the neighbourhood’s dividing rail bridge before continuing down through the artist studios on Sterling Rd. to the future home of MOCA and finishing up at The Wallfower for some snacks. 

The walk will be enriched with quotes of people living and working in the neighbourhood. How do they see their area changing? 

The audio quotes can be listened to by the HearUsHere app on your smartphone during the walk, at the locations we recorded it. Food for thought and discussion during the walk, is Toronto's Lower Junction a gentrification battlefield? Or will the future MOCA visitor only bring hipster goodness to the area? :-{