The essay is around 2000 words (max 2100 min 1900), bibliography, notes, in-text citations, headings, tables, and title page included) and must be double-spaced. ANY ASSIGNMENT THAT DOES NOT RESPECT THE WORD LIMIT WILL INCUR A 20% DEDUCTION. Use 12-size font. The essay must combine your direct observations with academic literature.
The BIA (Business Improvement Area) that I have selected in Toronto, Ontario is the Danforth Village BIA. Throughout a critical analysis, you are expected to demonstrate an understanding of one of two different aspects of the geography of Toronto (EITHER transportation OR gentrification) (Please do Gentrification). You are also required to show an active engagement with the subject and be able to formulate an original perspective on it: this means that the essay must show that you have thought about the subject and developed your own informed opinion. The goal of the essay is to examine first-hand how life in the city is shaped and affected by the constant interaction between place and the people who inhabit it, and to analyze and discuss your observations in light of the existing literature. You will explore some of the themes discussed in the course using information from everyday experience.
The essay requires the student to carry out an analysis of the subject, and make and justify an evaluative, comparative or explicatory judgement. The essay will be evaluated based on clarity of organization, logic, syntax, and grammar of overall writing.
•Follow an essay format and make sure your paper includes an introduction (clearly indicating topic, thesis statement, and how you plan to structure your paper), a proper body, and a conclusion (reviewing and summarizing the arguments and evidence presented in the body).
•Make sure the essay discusses what is the situation of either gentrification(do gentrification) or transportation within Toronto as a whole (for this part you will rely on the academic literature) and whether or not the situation in your BIA conforms to the situation in the city (for this part you will rely on your observations).
•When you quote or paraphrase other scholars, you MUST provide in-text references and a full list of work cited at the end
.•You are required to use at least 6 peer-reviewed journal’s articles (books’ chapters, commentaries, book reviews etc. will not be accepted as part of the required sources but can be used in addition to them) outside class readings. (For this, use library.ryerson.ca to find the 6 journal articles and must be peer reviewed)
•Limit the number of quotations (2-3 max.) as this is expected to be an original student paper rather than a mosaic of quotes; paraphrasing is often a better option than quotations.
How to proceed:
If you have chosen to write your essay on the topic of gentrification, you should begin with a discussion of what gentrification is and how the concept has evolved since its emergence in the 1960s, particularly within the Canadian context. Secondly, you need to assess how gentrification has been implemented within the city of Toronto. For these two initial steps, you will rely on the academic literature you have been able to access by using the Ryerson Library website (in order to make sure you are using peer-reviewed scholarly articles, check the “scholarly (including peer-reviewed) only” button under Search). The third step is “to get out there”: visit the selected BIA or use Google Street View to locate the BIA selected in the Assignment and assess its form structure (type of building, building density, presence of parks etc.) and degree (or lack thereof) of gentrification. In your analysis you must indicate:
•how is the BIA structured;
•your impression of the BIA;
•current construction activity (if any) in the BIA. Once you have all the information, you are expected to draw some conclusions on the area by assessing whether or not it validates the claims found in the existing literature. Your selected BIA will provide you with a tangible example to analyze how gentrification affects urban neighborhood.
I have provided 2 example essays from previous years as reference.
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