Urban History Review

This journal publishes articles and research notes in the field of Canadian urban history.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, March

Dominion Housing Act
Abstract: Since its inception fifty years ago, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has played a dominant role in the development of Canadian housing. Although the policy mechanisms and directions have expanded over the years, the primary role...
Home or Homelessness? Marginal Housing in Vancouver, 1886-1950
Abstract: Between 1886 and 1950, marginal housing in Vancouver ran the gamut from home to homelessness: in the spectrum of housing conditions, it could be anything between a room in a lodging house in a respectable suburb and a tea box in a depression-era...
Industrial Efficiency, Social Order and Moral Purity: Housing Reform Thought in English Canada, 1900-1950
Abstract: This paper traces the evolution of reform ideology in the housing sphere in the first half of the twentieth century by critically analyzing the ideas and practices of a number of key housing reformers and agencies. Premised on middle-class...
Senator, the Merchant, Two Carpenters, and a Widow: A Survey of Canadian Landlords in 1871
Abstract: Recent scholarship has improved our understanding of the increase in home ownership in Canada from the late nineteenth century, but less attention has been directed to the group that owners displaced, landlords. With data sampled from...
Special Issue on Housing
Editor's Introduction Although in most respects the amount and quality of Canadian research on the history of urban housing cannot compare with that on British and U.S. cities, in recent years its comparative disadvantage has been reduced. As much...
Wartime Housings as Cultural Landscape, National Creation and Personal Creativity
Abstract: Early in the 1940s, in response to a housing crisis compounded of lack of construction during the depression, rural to urban migration, and the relocation of labour to the burgeoning wartime industries, dockyards and military bases, the...