Neighbourhood evolution in Winnipeg, an analysis of Riverview and Lord Roberts

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Distasio, Jino
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This thesis is concerned with the processes associated with neighbourhood evolution and change, and focuses on the city of Winnipeg. Research involved an analysis of two Winnipeg neighbourhoods, Riverview and Lord Roberts, which together comprise the study area used to examine the forces that have shaped each neighbourhood over the last century. Three research questions provided the framework for the thesis. They focused on condition of housing, the perception of the residents about their neighbourhoods, and the applicability of the contemporary and historic models and theories used for determining neighborhood type. Sources include historical maps, census data (1951-1991), the results from the physical inspection of 3200 homes in the area, and results of survey material from both neighbourhoods. The results indicate that the neighborhoods show differences in the tangible characteristics of housing, income, education and also in the general condition of the neighbourhood. However, they show a high degree ofsimilarity in intangible factors, such as soul, f eling and sense of community. In the end, it is clear that there needs to be more weight given to the intangibles. The research also demonstrates the vital role an individual can play in the formation and subsequent shaping of an area. This is apparent in the importance of both the electric street car and the River Park Amusement area in the development of each neighbourhood.