The community known as Moss Park is a diverse and ethnographically rich neighbourhood. The Moss Park neighbourhood is anchored on the west side by a large public park which also happens to be the home of the Moss Park Armoury, a training centre for the Canadian Armed Forces. Moss Park is one of Toronto’s largest public housing projects. The variety of nationalities, cultures, and walks of life who inhabit and venture through this neighbourhood every day, shape its unique characteristics. Taking on stigma of being a neighbourhood high in injection drug use and other perceived illegal activity, upon first glance, this space can be seen as “unsafe” or “unhealthy.” With a deeper analysis and understanding of socio-economic and political forces behind the notions of this neighbourhood, we will demystify how this neighbourhood is perceived. Moss Park has many community services which can stimulate a healthy environment, such as youth employment services, community outreach centres, churches, services for Indigenous peoples, services for people living with AIDS, food banks, and shelters. In addition, there are multiple green spaces where residents and passer-by’s can be at ease. Although many individuals who travel through Moss Park do not live in the neighbourhood, this demographic contributes to the culmination of activities that take place in this neighbourhood as well as the services which stem out of this neighbourhood. These facilities and spaces can help us understand the workings of health and place, and lead us to better formulate a whole picture of how the neighbourhood of Moss Park can be navigated in regards to health and place.
[black and white map of Moss Park]
Plan of the City of Toronto, 1857, Retrieved from the Toronto Archives
[colour map of Moss Park]
Plan of the City of Toronto, H.J. Browne, 1862, MT 845
[colourful map, with census tract numbers]
CT map retrieved from http://geo2.scholarsportal.info.ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/#r/discovery/hide