We’re pleased to announce the appointment of our latest Metcalf Fellow, Kuni Kamizaki, who will be developing a report that uses the impressive 10-year history of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) to illuminate the strategies, enabling conditions, and public policies needed for transformative community land trusts (CLTs).
Kuni is an interdisciplinary urban planning researcher with over 10 years of experience in affordable housing, social planning, and community development. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Planning in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto.
As a former Metcalf Sustainability Intern, Kuni initiated a range of community development and social economy initiatives in Parkdale. Most notably, he spearheaded the establishment of PNLT, Toronto’s first grassroots CLT. Over the last decade, he has remained committed to collaborating with PNLT through community action research, strategic planning, and grant writing. In addition, he has contributed to Toronto’s wider CLT movement building by supporting emerging grassroots CLTs, and he currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Network of Community Land Trusts.