TITLE

Rethinking Multicultural Planning: An Empirical Study of Ethnic Retailing

AUTHOR(S)
Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang
PUB. DATE
December 2013
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Urban Research;Winter2013, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p90
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The recent waves of immigration have dramatically impacted urban landscapes and economies of Canada's largest metropolitan regions. One notable phenomenon is the rise of ethnic retail strips and centers as physical markers of increasing multiculturalism. The dynamics of ethnic retailing pose various opportunities and challenges for municipalities; yet, our knowledge of its complexities is limited and current literature on multicultural planning offers little useful guidance in planning practice. This study examines three retail strips in the inner city of Toronto, namely East Chinatown, the Gerrard India Bazaar, and Corso Italia, and one suburban Asian theme mall, the Pacific Mall in the City of Markham in an attempt to identify the role of urban planning in responding to the rise of ethnic retail neighbourhoods. The findings of the four cases indicate that urban planners have been unable to intervene actively in ethnic retail and direct its development and growth. The planning legislative structure and the lack of policy support hinder planners' capacity to be proactive. Planners cannot work alone to build multicultural cities. This paper concludes on the importance of municipal intervention and interdepartmental collaboration as useful implications for multicultural planning practice.
ACCESSION #
94753578

 

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