The "Other" City presents |Community-Owned Kensington Docuseries

When and Where

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm
Visualization Centre - floor "0"
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship
55 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 0C9


Karen Chapple
Chiyi Tam
Dominique Russell



School of Cities Presents "The Other City"

A series of six documentary film screenings about cities and urbanization, exploring the question “who is the city built for and why”? An expert host will introduce the film and moderate a discussion with the audience after the screening.

This School of Cities' series aims to bring together our School of Cities community to build relationships, spark collaboration, and provide a platform for engagement in an intimate and informal environment.

About the film

Community Owned Kensington

Toronto's Kensington Market has been a hub of culture and activity since the early 19th century; its unique urbanism defined by the people who have lived and worked there over generations. Like so many other neighbourhoods in Toronto, faces immense economic and development pressure. The Kensington Market Community Land Trust began as an idea in the mid 2010's with the aim of combatting that trend. In just three years the KMCT has mobilized to turn idea into action acquiring its first building as community-owned affordable housing in perpetuity. How did they do it? what was the vision? who was involved? and how will the vision continue into the future?

About the Kensington Market Community Land Trust


Hosted by Karen Chapple, Ph.D, Director of School of Cities

Featuring Chiyi Tam, School of Cities Early Career Canadian Urban Leader and Dominique Russel, founding member and co-chair of the Kensington Market Community Land Trust.

Dr. Karen Chapple also serves as Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at University of Toronto. She is Professor Emerita of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as department chair and held the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. Chapple studies inequalities in the planning, development, and governance of regions in the U.S. and Latin America, with a focus on economic development and housing.

Chiyi Tam is an urban planner and anti-displacement organizer practicing in Tkaronto's Kensington-Chinatown neighbourhood. She is the Executive Director of the Kensington Market Community Land Trust, where she led the organization’s first building acquisition, securing 12-units of deeply affordable residential units from further speculation. She frequently supports groups from all corners of Turtle Island exploring community ownership and wealth-building as an anti-displacement strategy for racial and economic justice.

Dominique Russell is a writer and activist. She is the founder of Friends of Kensington Market and a founding member and co-chair of the Kensington Market Community Land Trust. She is the author Kensington, I Remember (Russell Creek Press, 2017; 2013) and the editor of Rape in Art Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2012; 2010).




55 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 0C9