How would Scarborough Subway Extension impact Housing? Prof Zachary Hyde & UTSC City Studies students find out

August 9, 2022 by SofC Staff

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) City Studies students Anika Munir and Edison Gao from the Department of Human Geography recently embarked on a research project into the potential impact of proposed transit-oriented-development in Scarborough on housing in the area.

Under the guidance of the School of Cities faculty affiliate and Assistant Professor of Human Geography, Prof. Zachary Hyde, the students collected both, firsthand information through experiential and observational methods of the current transit systems in Scarborough and data from other Canadian cities and suburbs that have seen similar developments in the past, to chart the overall effect TTC's Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) could have on the local communities. They mapped housing options, parsed social platforms, observed streetscapes and public spaces, drew from census data, and scoured planning documents to infer their findings. Their reports addressed issues of housing affordability, protecting Scarborough’s unique retail and shopping ecology, supporting social infrastructure and community spaces, and ensuring transit justice for all community members.

Read the Spacing magazine article by Prof. Hyde elaborating on the research and the findings here: Transit transformation, part 1: confronting Scarborough’s housing challenges