Social Infrastructure and Vulnerability in the Suburbs examines how the combination of the low-density, car-centric geography of outer suburbs and neoliberal governance in the past several decades has affected disadvantaged populations in North American metro areas. Taking the example of York Region, a large outer suburb north of Toronto, the authors provide a spatial analysis that illuminates the invisible geography of vulnerability in the region.
The volume examines access to social services by vulnerable groups who are not usually associated with the suburbs: recent immigrants, seniors, and low-income families. Investigating their access to four types of social infrastructure – education, employment, housing, and settlement services – this book presents a range of policy recommendations for how to address the social inequalities that characterize contemporary outer suburbs.
About the authors
Lucia Lo is a professor in the Department of Geography at York University.
Valerie Preston is professor of geography at York University and a former York Director for CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre.
Paul Anisef is a professor of Sociology and associate director of the Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) at York University.
Ranu Basu is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at York University.
Shuguang Wang is a professor in the Department of Geography at Ryerson University.