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Baker, Melvin. Municipal Politics and Public Housing in St. John’s, 1911-1921 (date last accessed, April 3, 2011).
This article originally appeared in Melvin Baker, Robert Cuff, and Bill Gillespie. Workingmen’s St. John’s: Aspects of Social History in the early 1900s. St. John’s: Harry Cuff Publications, 1982. pp. 29-43.
The article describes the failure of early attempts to provide affordable housing for the working poor in St. John’s.

_____. In Search of The “New Jerusalem”: Slum Clearance in St. John’s, 1921-1944 (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). Newfoundland Quarterly, Vol. LXXIX, No. 2 (Fall 1983).
The connection between slum clearances and the planned development of new suburbs in St. John’s are examined in the article.

Hulchanski, J. David. (2005). Rethinking Canada’s Housing Affordability Challenge (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). University of Toronto: Centre for Urban and Community Studies. (2005)
The article discusses the need to reframe the concept of housing “affordability.” Policy issues, increasing homelessness, the increasing gap in income between homeowners and renters are analyzed and proposals to address the problems are offered.

Sean Purdy. “Ripped Off” By the System: Housing Policy, Poverty, and Territorial Stigmatization in Regent Park Housing Project, 1951-1991 (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). Labour/Le Travail, 52 (Fall 2003), pp. 45-108.
The experience of stigmatization in Toronto has similarities to the experience in St. John’s.

_____. It was tough on everybody: Low-income Families and Housing Hardship in Post World War II Toronto (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). Journal of Social History (Vol 37, no. 2 Winter 2003), pp. 457-482.
The article looks at various reasons why families live in public housing.

Rice, James G. ‘Community’ and contradictions : the role of a community centre in a St. John’s housing project (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). M.A. Thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2002.
The Froude Avenue Community Centre and the associated public housing neighbourhood is the topic of this M.A. thesis. An overview of the processes that led to the construction of the first public housing estate in St. John’s is provided. Current attitudes regarding the wisdom of building public housing estates are reviewed.

Sharpe, C.A. “a bold scheme for … doubling the living space of the town”: The Origins of Churchill Park Garden Suburb, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1943. (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2006), pp. 343-366.
The work of Brian Dunfield and the reports of the Commission of Enquiry on Housing and Town Planning in St. John’s, which led to the creation of the St. John’s Housing Corporation in July, 1944, are the subject of this article. The original goal was to address the problem of slum housing in the city.

Sharpe, Christopher. Just Beyond the Fringe: Churchill Park garden suburb in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Access to this article requires access via a university library or that it be purchased. (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). The Canadian Geographer, Vol 49, No. 4 (2004), pp. 400-410.
The development of Churchill Park as a solution to the inadequate housing in the slums is placed in the context of Canadian urban planning. In the early twentieth century planners generally agreed that the “best, cheapest and most politically acceptable” means of solving the problems of slum housing was to build new housing situated at the edges of the city.

Sharpe, Chris and J. Shawyer. Churchill Park – A Garden Suburb in St. John’s. (date last accessed, April 3, 2011).
Churchill Park, one of Canada’s oldest suburbs, was intended to be an attempt at social engineering.

Wolfe, Jeanne M. Canadian Housing Policy in the Nineties Access to this article requires access via a university library or that it be purchased. (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). Housing Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1(1998): pp. 121-133.
The paper provides a review of changes in housing policy during the 1990s, a period when Canadian housing policy moved away from providing social housing towards market approaches to solving housing problems.

Diana Worts. “It Just Doesn’t Feel Like You’re Obviously In”: Housing Policy, Family Privacy, and the Reproduction of Social Inequality (date last accessed, April 3, 2011). Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Vol. 42, No. 4 (November 2005): pp. 445-465.
Although the housing is co-operative and is located in Toronto, the issues of family and community life raised in the article are similar to the experience of public housing in St. John’s.

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