Only in My Memory
NEIGHBOURHOOD: REGENT PARK
THEME: ARRIVING AND SETTLING
Talking about neighbourhood change, gentrification, displacement, belonging, community
“One time my mom went to the aquatic center to sign up for free swimming classes, but all the classes were full. She asked, ‘So, then, who is all of this for?’, referring to the new buildings and services. I’m still not sure.”
Mandeq’s story shares the history of her family and how they arrived and settled in Regent Park. Like many other immigrants, her parents did not move in and assimilate but, instead, carved out a space for themselves and for their communities. This oral history highlights the strong and mighty people who painstakingly made a home for themselves, surpassing many obstacles and challenges that have been central to the shape, form and vibrancy that Regent Park is still known for today. Mandeq says, “If I were to describe Regent Park, I’d say, there’s lots of kids, it’s diverse and multicultural and, apart from being home, Regent Park is a true community.” However, as this oral history will share, this ‘true community’ has not been immune to the urban challenges of gentrification and rapid neighbourhood change, affecting many of the residents who have called it home.