Public Spaces for Youth? The Case of the Jane-Finch Neighborhood in Toronto

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  • University of Helsinki


This article examines how public spaces shape racialized youth growing up in a multicultural city. It focuses on youths in the Jane-Finch neighborhood of Toronto presenting their fears, sociospatial practices, and aspirations for social inclusion and urban spaces. Research data consist of interviews with stake-holders and social providers working with youth in Toronto, in general, and in Jane-Finch, in particular. In addition, the article relies predominantly on a focus group discussion with 13 young women and men that took place in The Spot Youth Centre located in Jane-Finch in June 2011. In August 2013, two Black teenagers were killed in the area of Jane-Finch in North-West Toronto. This article was inspired by these tragic losses.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-223
Number of pages16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • public space, youth, fear, violence, police, Jane-Finch, Toronto, CITY, MULTICULTURALISM, CITIZENSHIP, POLITICS

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