The Divided City: income inequality and housing disadvantage in Calgary

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Marasco, Rafaela de Castro
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : Universtiy of Lethbridge, Department of Geography
Income inequality and income polarization have risen sharply in many Canadian Metropolitan Areas, especially in the Calgary CMA which is Canada’s second most unequal city. Housing affordability is a concern for a growing share of the population who faces housing disadvantage in a free market private rental housing. The purpose of this thesis is to better understand the geography of housing disadvantage at a neighbourhood scale in Calgary. A mixed method approach is used to identify the social characteristics and perceptions of housing disadvantage. Overall, eleven unique dimensions are identified while in Calgary a 7 components model seems to better explain HD. The study reveals that the owner vs. renter divide is one of the most important aspects in predicting housing disadvantage in Canadian cities, as the literature suggests. It then briefly provides policy suggestions and discuss the general outcomes of housing disadvantage in Canadian cities.
Housing -- Research -- Alberta -- Calgary , Right to housing , Income distribution , Discrimination in housing , Cities and towns -- Research , Neighborhoods -- Social aspects -- Research -- Alberta -- Calgary , Supply and demand , Calgary (Alta.) -- Economic conditions , Calgary (Alta.) -- Social conditions , Neighborhood planning , divided cities , housing affordability , housing disadvantage , income inequality , income polarization , spatial segregation , Dissertations, Academic